Today is Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday traditionally marks the beginning of Holy Week. Zechariah prophesies of the triumphal entry of Jesus, our King, into Jerusalem in Zechariah 9:9.
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.
As Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, many were gathering for the beginning of a weeklong celebration called the Feast of Unleavened Bread. In John 12:13, it tells us that the crowd took palm branches and went out to meet him [Jesus], shouting,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the king of Israel!”
In addition, Palm Sunday is also referred to as Passion Sunday. When we think of the word passion, we often think of an intense desire for, or love of, something. However, when used in connection to Jesus and His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, passion has a much more somber meaning. The word comes from a Latin word, passio, meaning to suffer. We should be reminded of the period of suffering endured by Jesus in between the Last Supper and His death on the cross. While we may celebrate a triumphant entry of our King into Jerusalem, let us not forget the suffering that He endured for us.
Passage: John 12:12-19 (NIV)