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Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday)

During Holy Week, our devotional readings will focus on the Psalm for each day. Today’s reading focuses on Psalm 118 and comes from God’s Gift of Forgiveness.

Scripture Readings

Isaiah 50:4–9a
Psalm 118:19–29 or Psalm 31:9–16
Philippians 2:5–11
Matthew 26:127:66 or Matthew 27:11–66 or John 12:20–43

Read the propers for today on lutherancalendar.org.


Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem was also a courageous ride to the cross. Christ rode into the city not as a king coming in conquest but as the Lord’s Anointed, who would be crucified for our sins. He is indeed the Blessed One whose victory on the cross conquered sin, death, and the devil.

Devotional Reading

We are often unable to recognize and rejoice in what is good for us. Whether about food or drink, how we behave toward one another, or what we watch on television, more often than not we look at the good, right, and healthy choice and say, “Nah, let’s go the other way this time.”

In Jesus’ day people were no different. The Messiah was in their midst. The Holy One of Israel was right there. He was the very reason they existed as a people, yet they turned their back on Him. But it was not only them; we also have all rejected Christ in word and deed.

But Christ is the cornerstone, rejected by His own people. They are trapped in sin and revel in evil, but still He comes to seek and to save.

Why would He do such a thing? Why would He come to save an ungrateful people? He does so because He loves us. God has made us. He has made this day and all of the blessings that flow from us. Rejoice and be glad that His love for you is greater than any sin or misdeed you may ever commit!

Devotional reading is from God’s Gift of Forgiveness, page 18 © 2011 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.


Hymn is “Ride On, Ride On in Majesty,” hymn 441 from Lutheran Service Book. Video © 2017 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.


Written by

Anna Johnson

Deaconess Anna Johnson is a marketing manager at Concordia Publishing House. After graduating from the deaconess program at Concordia University Chicago, she continued her studies at the University of Colorado—Denver in education and human development. She has worked as a church youth director and served a variety of other nonprofit organizations, such as the Lutheran Mission Society of Maryland. Anna loves playing video games and drinking a hot cup of tea almost as much as she loves her cat and her husband.


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