Palm Sunday

triumphal-entryToday, Sunday March 24, 2013 is Palm Sunday. Like many of you, my family celebrated by going to church.  We have our traditional pancake breakfast and Easter Egg hunt and then an uplifting church service and message, celebrating Jesus’ triumphant entry in Jerusalem.

According to the Gospels, Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem.  His disciples and the people who followed Him sang part of Psalm 118: 25–26 – “… Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord ….” as they lay their cloaks and palm branches before Him.

In Zechariah 9:9 the prophecy of Jesus states “The Coming of Zion’s King – See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey”

“The symbolism of the donkey may refer to the Eastern tradition that it is an animal of peace, versus the horse, which is the animal of war. A king came riding upon a horse when he was bent on war and rode upon a donkey when he wanted to point out he was coming in peace. Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem would thus symbolize his entry as the Prince of Peace, not as a war-waging king.” {Wikipedia}

The Palm branch is a symbol of victory and triumph and in some traditions symbolizes eternal life.  The palm branch will later became a symbol of Christian martyrs and their spiritual victory or triumph over death.

Today many Christian churches commemorated Palm Sunday by the distribution of palm leaves (often tied into crosses) to those attending the Palm Sunday Worship Service.  In our church the children walk in a procession in the sanctuary handing out the Palms to the adults.

As we leave church it is a solemn celebration as we begin Holy Week.  Just as Jesus prepared His Disciples for His death and ultimate Resurrection, we too prepare by quiet reflection and prayer for the somber remembrance of when Jesus became our sacrifice and His ultimate defeat over death in His Resurrection.  Today Christians around the world prepare for the glorious anticipation of His return.

God bless you this Holy Week as we join together to remember Jesus’ sacrifice and as we prepare for His return when He will call us home.

John 12:12-19 “The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him.” {ESV – English Standard Version}

22 thoughts on “Palm Sunday

  1. My Friend, I thank you for this great Palm Sunday Message. It is truly great when families can pray together and worship the Lord together. It is truly a blessing when all of God’s children can get together and be on one accord. May God continue to bless you, your family and your ministry.


  2. We have three services to choose from every weekend and All Glory Laud and Honor is played at two of them. As it turns out we will be going to the 5:30pm tonight which is a contemporary service and another more contemporary hymn will most likely be played. This is is one of my most beloved hymns of the entire church calendar and I was just realizing as I was out on a walk that I wouldn’t hear it this year in the context of the liturgy and was feeling kind of deprived about that. I came home checked my blog updates, saw your post and got to hear this beautiful hymn. Thank you, it was just what I neeed! 🙂


    1. There is always something new isn’t there? I like to learn to all the little details things it helps to bring better understanding as I read the bible – more meaning in the stories.


  3. Thank you, Patty, for reminding us about the difference between Christ’s arrival on a donkey, in peace, and the future arrival on a horse – for battle! It was only at this Palm Sunday service that I really realized the significance of the two modes of transportation. The Word has so many layers of meaning… I never stop learning!

    Blessings ~ Wendy


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