The Story of Palm Sunday

The Triumphal Entry
Jesus Rides into Jerusalem

story found in the Holy Bible in Matthew 21 : 1 - 11 (Mark 11:1–10; Luke 19:28–40; John 12:12–19 )

Matthew 21 : 1 - 11  NKJV
1 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. 3 And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”
4 All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:

5 “Tell the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your King is coming to you,
Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”

6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. 8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

“Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’
Hosanna in the highest!”

10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”
11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”

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For every Christian community, Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem - marking the commencement or the beginning of His faithful weeklong journey to the cross.  Palm Sunday on the Christian calendar coincides with the week leading to the Passover celebration on the Jewish calendar.  These days remind Christians of our connection with the Jewish faith and how both faith traditions look for God’s in-breaking in human affairs by the Messiah.  Palm Sunday demonstrates how no amount of oppression can dash the hopes of a people who believe that their King will come.

The ministry of Jesus Christ and His Supernatural Power challenged and upset the powerful of His day.  Jesus’ prophetic parade into Jerusalem was a celebratory critique of the status quo of the empire and the corruption of the sacred.  At the time of Jesus' triumphal entry, the great political power of the day was the Roman Empire.  The religious elite in Israel oversaw the Jewish system of worship.  Jesus entered into Jerusalem triumphantly, yet humbly, to show the powers that be that He was AND IS the True King.

Pasted above, the Gospel writer Matthew tells us in Matthew Chapter 21 that as Jesus entered into Jerusalem, the people paved the streets with their clothing and cried out, “Hosanna” or “Save Now.”  Jesus riding a donkey, symbolic of peace, and having his way paved with palm branches is a fulfillment of the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9.  On Palm Sunday, millions of Christians from every corner of the globe enact this biblical moment in salvation history by distributing and waving palm branches in the air.  Many preachers are found on this day encouraging the people to exclaim, “Ride on King Jesus, no man can a-hinder me.”

This is the Story of Palm Sunday.

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