One day each year in the spring, churches gather around the world and are given palm branches to wave. This beautiful service called Palm Sunday is one week prior to Easter. It is an incredible tradition, but why do Christians celebrate Palm Sunday? What is the purpose of raising branches? To an onlooker, this might appear to be a strange worship service. However, as we dive deeper into the meaning of this unique day, we can all gain a greater understanding of the value of celebrating and commemorating the victorious entrance of our King Jesus.
What Is Palm Sunday and Why Do We Celebrate It?
Palm Sunday was the first day of Holy Week leading up to the Jewish holiday of Passover. Jesus rode on a donkey through the town of Jerusalem on His way to conquer death and bring us life through His sacrifice on the cross.
According to Christianity.com, “Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, the remembrance of Jesus’ last days to the cross. In many churches, Palm Sunday is observed by the blessing and sharing of palm branches symbolizing the palm branches the crowd placed in front of Christ as he entered into Jerusalem.”
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