Things to Know About Palm Sunday, the Start of Holy Week

Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter when the Holy Week begins. Here are five facts about the occasion that shed light on its importance in the lives of Christians.

Palm Sunday is the beginning of the final seven days of Jesus’ earthly ministry, based on Matthew 21:6–11, which reads:

“The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!’ And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, ‘Who is this?’ And the crowds said, ‘This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.'”

1. Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem

Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem is mentioned in all four Gospel accounts in the Bible, which points to the significance of the event.

It was the fulfilment of a prophecy, found in Zechariah 9:9 in the Old Testament: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

In Jerusalem, Jesus publicly said he is the Messiah and King of Israel.

2. Jesus rode on a donkey for a special purpose

Jesus wouldn’t normally travel on a donkey, but He did so that day. During ancient days, horses were symbols of war, while donkeys symbolized peace. The use of a donkey also spoke about the humility of Jesus, as the prophecy reads, “… Righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

This humility is more explicitly shown in the death of Jesus on a cross, which followed a few days later.

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Source: Christian Post