Palm Sunday marked the start of what is often called “Passion Week,” the final seven days of Jesus’ earthly ministry.
Palm Sunday was the “beginning of the end” of Jesus’ work on earth.
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• Palm Sunday marked the start of what is often called “Passion Week,” the final seven days of Jesus’ earthly ministry.
• Palm Sunday was the “beginning of the end” of Jesus’ work on earth.
• Palm Sunday began with Jesus and His disciples traveling over the Mount of Olives. As prophesied, Jesus rode an unbroken colt of a donkey (Luke 19:29-35).
• It’s called “Palm Sunday” because the people gave Jesus the royal treatment—cutting/laying palm branches with their cloaks upon the road.
• On that first Palm Sunday, the people also praised Jesus verbally—quoting Psalm 118:25–26, an acknowledged prophecy of the Christ—with shouts of ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ / ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ / ‘Hosanna in the highest heaven!’” (Matthew 21:9).
• The allusion to a Messianic psalm drew resentment from the religious leaders present, but Jesus replied to the Pharisees, “I tell you . . . if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40).
• Some 450 to 500 years prior to Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, the prophet Zechariah prophesied the event we now call Palm Sunday (Zechariah 9:9). Unfortunately the celebration didn’t last since the crowds looked for a Messiah who would rescue them politically and free them nationally, but Jesus had come to save them spiritually.
• Mankind’s primary need is spiritual, not political, cultural, or national salvation.
• Jesus wept over Jerusalem since the people (missing the true reason for His presence) neither saw nor understood the cross (Luke 19:41–47).
• It is tragic to see the Savior yet not recognize Him for who He is. The crowds crying out “Hosanna!” on Palm Sunday were crying out “Crucify Him!” later that week (Matthew 27:22–23).
• There is coming a day when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:10–11). The worship will be real then. • John records a scene in heaven (Revelation 7:9) featuring the eternal celebration of the risen Lord:
… a great multitude that no one could count,
… from every nation, tribe, people and language,
… standing before the throne and before the Lamb.
… wearing white robes and
… holding palm branches in their hands