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Did your church celebrate Palm Sunday to kick off Holy Week? 3 facts about it you should know

Article By Empowering Everyday Women Ministries

Share We officially entered Holy Week beginning Sunday, April 9, when Christians everywhere celebrated Palm Sunday at their local churches, commemorating the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

While millions have a grasp of exactly what this important day denotes, some do not, but should.

So, Empowering Everyday Women Ministries is giving you 3 need-to-know facts.

#1 Christ’s triumphal entry is recorded in all four gospels. If you’re wondering about Palm Sunday, you can easily find it on the pages of scripture. Just look in Matthew 21, Mark 11, Luke 19, and John 12 for all the fascinating details. You can even find the phrase the crowd chanted in Jesus’ honor—“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!”— in Psalm 118:26. They were rejoicing that the Messiah would bring their long-awaited deliverance.

#2 We collect palm branches because the crowd did it in the Bible. When Jesus entered Jerusalem, a large multitude gathered around Him, laying their cloaks and palm branches on the ground before Him. That’s why many churches incorporate palm branches into their Palm Sunday service. Some pin the palms to their shirts, while others simply wave them during worship. According to biblical history, we know the crowd was welcoming Jesus the way they would a king, as they realized—though did not fully grasp—that He was the Messiah. Palm branches are a sign of victory, and the people laid out the bright green branches, along with their cloaks, in anticipation of the victory that Christ was to bring them—although they did not understand it was to be a spiritual victory over death and sin.

#3 Jesus’ triumphal entry was prophesied hundreds of years before it happened. The cool thing about the Bible is that it is so tightly and perfectly woven together. In Zechariah 9:9, we witness the prophet Zechariah prophesying Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem hundreds of years before the fact. He said, “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Just as it was predicted, Jesus, unlike a typical king who has come to deliver his people by way of an earthly war, came riding in on a donkey and not a horse. A donkey was a symbol of humility and peace, and therefore served as a proclamation of Christ as the Prince of Peace.

As you keep these details in mind about Palm Sunday, recognize that Christ the Savior is our great deliverer who was sent to rescue us from the bondage of sin and death.

Let your heart cry out, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!”

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