PASSION WEEK – DAY 1: PALM SUNDAY
Today, the Palm Sunday, is the Sunday before Easter, when Christians all over the world remembers Jesus’ Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem (see Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-19). It is the Sunday that marked the beginning of the eight days that changed the world. Some people call this day “A Day of Celebration.” Others call it “A Day of Glory.” However, it is popularly called Palm Sunday because the crowd that followed Jesus spread palm branches in front of Him as He slowly and humbly rode into the city of Jerusalem on a donkey to finally accept public recognition of His messiahship and kingship. He came in a gentle manner, not as a warrior on a war horse or the warrior-king expected by the Jewish people.
The term Triumphant Entry refers to Jesus Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, where the crowds welcomed Him and hailed Him as Son of David, King of the Jews (see Matthew 21:8, 9; cf. also Psalm 118:25, 26). Ironically, this event occurred just a few days prior to His betrayal, arrest, trial, and crucifixion. Many of the people that followed to praise Jesus while on His way to Jerusalem would later turn against Him (see Luke 23:18). Others would cry out “Crucify Him!” (Mark 15:13; Luke 23:21) when He stood on trial a few days later.
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