Palm Sunday is said to be one of the most important days in the Christian calendars for each year.
This day, Palm Sunday is celebrated at the Sunday before Easter Sunday, the day is known for the Lord Christ was about to suffer and die on the cross for our sins, and be raised from the dead or resurrect post three days of his crucifixion.
What is Palm Sunday and why should it be important to us? Let’s talk about that.
What is Palm Sunday?
Palm Sunday, also known as “Passion Sunday,” is considered as the week which leads to Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection. It is regarded as the “Palm Sunday” as this indicates what happened during this time in history which is very crucial to know and celebrates for the Christian people.
Matthew 21:1-11 tells us that Christ has His triumphal entry to Jerusalem on this day:
“Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”
All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:
“Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.'”
So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:
“Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!”
And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”
So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”
You might notice that palms aren’t specifically mentioned anywhere in the passage. Well, John 12:13 tells us that the “branches from the trees” that were cut at the time are actually palm branches:
“…took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out:
“Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ The King of Israel!”
This kind of welcome signifies a few things:
1) That they all knew Christ as the Messiah (see Psalm 118:25-26)
2) That they recognized that Christ is King (see 2 Kings 9:13)
3) They all honored Him as both King and Messiah (see Zechariah 9:9)
Now, why should it be important to us today?
Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem has also marked the beginning of the last week of His earthly ministry. In a few days’ of that time, He would be betrayed, scourged, mocked, and nailed to the cross to die — only to rise again on the third day after His death.
This week is the perfect day to recall our sinless Savior who took the punishment which we were yet to received or we were deserved.
This is the week on this Palm Sunday we will be actually recalled and remembers that we are still sinners, Christ died for us so on this day we should dedicate some time to pray for Christ who sacrificed his life for us.
This is the week it is the time to think that something we can’t save ourselves, but Christ saved us.
Why is Palm Sunday important?
This is as our King and Savior the Lord Christ come to save us through His sacrificial death and resurrection. Palm Sunday reminds us of that and we celebrate it with full glory globally.
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