What exactly is Palm Sunday? Why do we celebrate it? What are we celebrating?
Here’s a brief history –
At the time of Jesus, the Roman Empire was in control of Jerusalem. The enslaved people looked to a new king or hardened warrior to liberate them, but God had other plans. He blessed the people of Jerusalem with the King of all kings, their Savior and Ultimate Redeemer.
The gospels record the arrival of Jesus riding into the city on a donkey, while the crowds spread their cloaks and palm branches on the street and shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David” and “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” to honor him as their long-awaited Messiah and King.
Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter, where we remember the “triumphal entry” of Jesus into Jerusalem.
Matthew 21:1-11 recounts Jesus triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.
21 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.”
We join with millions of Christians around the world in the celebration of Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is observed on the Sunday before Easter, where we remember the “triumphal entry” of Jesus into Jerusalem. Please join us at West Angeles as we celebrate the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
HEAR Bebe and Cece Winans sing, “The Blood Will Never lose Its Power”, in honor of BMI Trailblazer Reverend Andrae Crouch, below: