What Really Happened on Palm Sunday?
“Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it. And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.” - (Matthew 21: 43, 44)
Most of us know that on Palm Sunday we commemorate the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. Have you ever considered what Jesus did when He got off that donkey? He cleansed the Temple and then gave a series of scathing messages to the leaders of the Jewish religious establishment.
The essence of those messages was that Jesus formally and officially fired Israel! He took the Kingdom of God from them and said He was giving it to a people who would bring forth the fruits of that kingdom. In these messages He declared a principle about the way God works. Jesus claimed that He Himself is a Stone and when those who profess to be His followers fall on Him and are broken to His will as the King of the kingdom of God, they bring forth the fruits of His Kingdom. When they no longer do that, this Stone falls on them and crushes them to powder.
In other words, God moves His headquarters. There was a time when God worked from what we call the “Holy Land,” He then moved to Asia Minor, then Europe and America. Many believe it’s an interesting observation that the largest churches in the world are now in Korea. Could God work primarily from Asia, perhaps China in the 21st century?
Since there is a sense in which the Kingdom is now within us, how do you personally apply what really happened on Palm Sunday?