Where is Palm Sunday in the Bible?

Palm Sunday is a day celebrated in Christianity in remembrance of Jesus’ triumphant return to Jerusalem.  It took place at the start of that fateful week where he would be arrested, tried in an illegal hearing and crucified.  Jesus would then resurrect in Christianity’s most important moment.  Without the Resurrection, there is no Christianity.

The event is mentioned in all four Gospels and depicts Jesus riding on the back of a donkey as crowds cheered for Him.  They lay down their cloaks and palm branches while singing the words of Psalm 118:25-26.

They cried out..

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

This was a fulfillment of the prophesy in Zechariah 9:9 written nearly 550 years prior to Palm Sunday.

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy king cometh unto thee; he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, even upon a colt the foal of an ass.

Palm Sunday in the BibleThe donkey was significant as it was customary for a victorious king to enter a city on horseback.  In times of peace, the leader would ride a donkey.  Palms were also a symbol of triumph in Greco-Roman culture, while the laying of cloaks was performed for many kings, including David.

Jesus being heralded as a king was an insult to the Jews who hated that He was being called the Messiah. It was also offensive to the Romans who had Caesar as their king.  Sadly, many of the people who were cheering “Hosana” would be yelling “Crucify Him!” just days later.  Jesus Himself cried out to God while being nailed to cross saying “Forgive them Father for they know not what they do.” By God’s Amazing Grace and the efforts of the early church, the known inhabited world would hear the Good News of the Gospel.

You can find the account of Palm Sunday in the following places.

Matthew 21:1-11
Mark 11:1-11
Luke 19:28-44
John 12:12-13


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