Palm Sunday is the day the Christians remember as the day Jesus made a triumphant entry into Jerusalem, exactly a week before his resurrection. Although the route Jesus took began from Bethany to Jerusalem, the present Palm Sunday road starts from the Mount of Olives and ends inside the Old city of Jerusalem which is a little less than a kilometre.
It is calculated that the exact day of Jesus’ Royal Entrance into Jerusalem was on Sunday 28-th March AD 33. Jesus, for the first and the last time, allowed Himself a public acknowledgement that He is the Messiah and rode on a colt from Bethany to Jerusalem, fulfilling Zechariah’s prophecy written more than four hundred years ago. By this act, the Jewish religious authorities realizing the strong messianic prophecies were very much agitated.
On the procession into the City of Jerusalem, the disciples and the crowd shouted ‘Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord, Blessed is the King of Israel’. Hosanna in Hebrew means ‘Save now’ and in Greek it is used as a shout of praise or adoration.
Bible Reference: Zechariah 9: 9 / Matt: 21: 2-11 / John 12: 12-16
Zec 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold, your King comes to you. He is righteous and victorious, meek and riding on an ass, even on a colt, the son of an ass.
Mat 21:2 saying to them, Go into the village across from you. And immediately you will find an ass tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to Me.
Mat 21:3 And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, The Lord has need of them, and immediately He will send them.
Mat 21:4 All this was done so that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,
Mat 21:5 "Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your King comes to you, meek, and sitting on an ass, even a colt the foal of an ass."
Mat 21:6 And the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them.
Mat 21:7 And they brought the ass, even the colt, and put their clothes on them, and He sat on them.
Mat 21:8 And a very great crowd spread their garments in the way. Others cut down branches from the trees and spread them in the way.
Mat 21:9 And the crowds 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!
Mat 21:10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?
Mat 21:11 And the crowd said, This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth of Galilee.
Joh 12:12 On the next day, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, a great crowd who had come to the Feast
Joh 12:13 took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him. And they cried, Hosanna! "Blessed is the King of Israel who comes in the name of the Lord!"
Joh 12:14 And finding an ass colt, Jesus sat on it; as it is written,
Joh 12:15 "Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your King comes sitting on the foal of an ass."
Joh 12:16 But His disciples did not know these things at the first. But when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written of Him, and that they had done these things to Him.
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