Palm Sunday: Celebrating the Triumphal Entry of JesusBy: Alex Shipley on | Comments: 0
As a society, we're accustomed to seeing the glitz and glamour of celebrities walking the red carpet, adorned in often outrageous designer outfits, to receive recognition and applause from their peers, professionals, and fans worldwide. But the true story of Palm Sunday tells of a different kind of "red carpet" moment for Jesus. Though he was a king, he arrived not in regal robes but as a humble servant, riding on a donkey. The same crowds who joyously welcomed him into Jerusalem soon turned against him, and he would ultimately give his life for us on the cross (which was God’s plan all along). Despite this, Palm Sunday remains a vital celebration and reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by Jesus and the importance of humility and service in our lives.
Palm Sunday commemorates the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, which is recorded in the four Gospels of the New Testament. This event marks the beginning of Holy Week, which ends with Easter Sunday - the day of Jesus' resurrection.
The Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem is significant because it fulfills the prophecy of Zechariah, who had prophesied about a coming king who would enter Jerusalem riding on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9). The people of Jerusalem saw Jesus' entry as the fulfillment of this prophecy and laid down palm branches and their cloaks on the ground to honor him, shouting "Hosanna!" which means "Save us, we pray!".Today, Palm Sunday is celebrated in churches around the world with the waving of palm branches or other branches, such as olive branches or willow branches, and the reading of the Gospel accounts of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem.
At GiveSendGo, we believe that Palm Sunday is a reminder of the importance of humility and faith in our lives. Despite being hailed as a king, Jesus came to serve and not to be served. He humbly rode on a donkey and did not demand glory or recognition. Instead, he sought to fulfill God's plan for salvation by giving his life in our place. As we celebrate Palm Sunday, we are reminded of the sacrifice that Jesus made for us, which bought us our freedom, and the importance of spreading love, peace, and hope in our communities. This Palm Sunday, let us reflect on the significance of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem and praise Jesus as our King and Savior!