This photograph was taken at Billericay Station on Maundy Thursday 2016 when my colleague Dan and I distributed 600 Palm Crosses and Leaflets to commuters and staff.

The Palm Cross is a reminder of the most important week in the Christian calendar. Many churches distribute palm crosses on Palm Sunday as part of their worship, an event which remembers Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem 2000 years ago.

The Bible tells us that people cut branches from palm trees, laid them across Jesus’ path and waved them in the air. They greeted Jesus, not as a spiritual Messiah, but as a potential political leader who would overthrow the Romans. Their shout of ‘Hosanna’ simply means ‘Save us now!’

In ancient times, palm branches symbolized goodness and victory and were often depicted on coins and important buildings. King Solomon had palm branches carved into the walls and doors of the temple (1 Kings 6:29). The last book in the Bible (Revelation 7:9) tells us that people from every nation will raise palm branches to honour Jesus.

This Palm Cross is a reminder of the love God has for you, through Jesus, not just this Easter season, but all year round, which is why we suggest you display your cross in a prominent position in your place of work or in your home.

We pray God’s richest blessing upon you, and those you love this Easter and we invite you to join with us this Holy Week as we praise God for his gift of salvation.