Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. 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 honour Jesus as their long-awaited Messiah and King.
Jesus rode into the city on a donkey (in those days, a symbol of peace) which the crowds paved his way with palm branches (in those days this indicated that a king or dignitary was arriving in victory or triumph) is significant because it fulfills a prophecy spoken by the prophet Zechariah (Zechariah 9:9).
Palm Sunday, in current times, is the Sunday before Easter, and marks the beginning of Holy Week, the week of events leading up to Jesus’ death.
The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosannain the highest heaven!”
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Yes today is Palm Sunday, and these words from Matthew tell us about that very first palm Sunday.
So today we celebrate Jesus’ triumphant arrival to Jerusalem, and in doing so we praise Him and continue to spread His message of eternal love.