Palm Sunday is one of the most important holy weeks celebrated by Christians throughout the world. The Biblical events begin with the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on a donkey and concludes with Him laying down His life for the sins of the world.
Here are 5 important facts about the beloved acts of Jesus during this week of passion.
- Jesus’ entry on a colt, was prophesied in Zechariah 9:9 approximately 500 years before His birth.
- Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem stirred the people. Crowds went before and after Him, laying their coats and palm tree branches on the road. Palm branches are symbolic of joy and triumph. As He humbly rode into the city, He was welcomed with shouts of: ““Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is HE who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!”
- Jesus and his disciples stayed in Bethany on the evening of Palm Sunday. Bethany is the hometown of Mary, Martha and Lazarus – the one He raised from the dead.
- Matthew’s gospel account of the triumphal entry, begins in chapter 21. The crucifixion is recorded in chapter 27. Between these bookends, Matthew records Jesus’s continual display of love and teaching to the people of Jerusalem as well as to His disciples, despite the impending cross He was soon to bear.
- Revelation 7:9, as recorded by John, prophesies of a second triumphal entry by The Lord and Savior of the world: “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.”
Have a beautiful week worshipping God for His great gift of LOVE. Let your heart be filled with gratitude and reciprocal love for your Creator such that you will be sure to tell someone of the reason for the hope you have.
The biblical account of Palm Sunday can be found in Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; and John 12:12-19.