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All About Palm Sunday

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


Palm Sunday: Not Just Another Sunday

Palm Sunday isn't just any Sunday for Christians. They celebrate it as the day Jesus made His triumphant ride into Jerusalem on a new colt that had never been ridden before.

Palm Sunday isn't just another Sunday because it is the beginning of Holy Week, Jesus' last week on the face of the earth. His death would occur on the following Friday and He would be raised from the dead three days later on what has come to be known as Easter Sunday.

Christians around the world recognize Palm Sunday as the day Jesus made His triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem.

The Prophecy

In order to fully understand what happened on Palm Sunday, one must understand the prophecy that was made 400 years earlier, according to Zechariah 9:9. Then one can understand the reality of the fulfillment of prophecy recorded in all four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Each gospel writer wrote in his own style about Jesus' triumphant ride into Jerusalem on what Christians celebrate as Palm Sunday.

The Purpose

Along with the prophecy, it will be helpful to know the purpose of the occasion. Jesus never did anything without a purpose. Jesus didn't just go for a joy ride into Jerusalem. It served a purpose when He made His triumphal entry. He was on a mission of mercy to fulfill the scriptures about him.

Zechariah said he would ride into Jerusalem on a new colt which is a symbol of peace rather than a horse which is an animal of war. Therefore, Jesus entered Jerusalem as the Prince of Peace instead of a warrior king.


The Place

Jerusalem was the place of the Palm Sunday activities. Jerusalem was the beloved city of David.

Jerusalem was part of Jesus' past. According to Psalm 87:3, it was the "City of God." The holy city was a favorite place for Jesus to be in the present. Jerusalem is also the place where Jesus will rule in the future thousands of years after His triumphal entry into the city on Palm Sunday over 2,000 years ago.


The People

There was a very large crowd of people in Jerusalem at the time of Jesus' triumphal ride into Jerusalem.

During this time, Jesus' popularity was at an all-time high. He had been going around teaching, preaching, healing, and performing miracles. He was admired by people who had witnessed those things.

They gave him the royal treatment because they saw him as one who was bringing peace and victory.

According to Luke 19:37, everyone in the very large crowd was actively praising and worshiping God in a very loud voice because of the work they had seen Jesus perform.

During Jesus' three years on earth, he had been a busy man. He taught many valuable lessons during the Sermon on the Mount. He preached many encouraging words. He miraculously fed 5,000 men besides women and children from a little boy's lunch. Jesus was never short of performing miracles. He gave sight to blind Bartimaeus and raised Lazarus from the dead.


The Palms

Palm branches were considered symbols of victory and triumph at the time. Some people in the crowd threw their cloaks and palm branches on the road to welcome their king. They waved palm branches toward him and put some at his feet as a way to honor him.

Christian churches across the country incorporate palm branches into their services on Palm Sunday. They bless the palms before decorating their sanctuaries and handing them out to churchgoers as a reminder of what happened when Jesus made his triumphant entrance into Jerusalem.

The palms that are left over in the church are dried and burned for ashes to be used for the next year's Ash Wednesday service.

The Procession

It was a very long and loud procession as Jesus rode into Jerusalem. Some people ran ahead of him to throw their coats and palm branches at his feet as a way to honor him as a king.

Other gathered around Jesus on the new colt and waved palm branches at him in honor him.

Because the procession was so long, some people had to follow Jesus into Jerusalem.

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