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# The significance of Palm Sunday and the triumphal entry of Jesus ![Christian view](http://christian-view.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Logo- christian-view-75x75.jpg)Palm Sunday commemorates the so-called “triumphal entry” of Jesus. What was so triumphal about the entry of Jesus to Jerusalem, which we celebrate as Palm Sunday? It is weird, isn’t it? Palm Sunday or the triumphal entry is recorded in all four of the Gospels (Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:28-38; and John 12:12-18). There was nothing triumphal about the entry because Jesus was just riding a donkey or a colt, not even a horse. He did not have an army – just a bunch of ordinary people who would desert him five days later. The people who shouted “Hosanna and blessed” (Matthew 21:9) would cry out “crucify him” five days later (Matthew 27:22).  The man who was decorated as “king of Israel” would be brutally crucified in five days.  So, why is it called a “triumphal entry” and what is the significance of Palm Sunday? Let us analyze the significance of Palm Sunday and the triumphal entry. ## Palm Sunday and the triumphal entry – the fulfillment of what was foretold Nearly 600 years before the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, God foretold this event through the prophet Zechariah: _“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your King comes to you; righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding a donkey.” (Zechariah 9:9)._ Furthermore, Palm Sunday and the triumphal entry are the fulfillment of another prophecy as foretold by Daniel: _Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler comes, there will be seven ‘sevens’, and sixty two ‘sevens’. (Daniel 9:25)._ Opinion is divided about this verse. Some scholars interpret this as seven times sixty-nine years (seven sevens and sixty-two sevens), which is 483 years. The triumphal entry occurred at the end of the seventh sixty nine years, which is 483 years later. If this interpretation is correct, then the triumphal entry and Palm Sunday are the fulfillment of yet another prophecy in the fullness of time. Isn’t that unbelievably true! ### Palm Sunday and the triumphal entry – the long awaited Savior The Jews had been waiting for a Savior for centuries.  They all knew that the Messiah would come. However, their concept of the Messiah was a mighty warrior who would deliver them from the Roman tyranny.  Although Jesus did not fit this profile, they have heard of his miracles, especially the resurrection of Lazarus from the dead, which Jesus performed just before the triumphal entry. Therefore, they probably were hoping that Jesus would perform some miracles and get rid of the Romans. Probably that was the reason why they gave the welcome reception fit for a king. The palms represented victory. That is why they shouted “Hosanna”. Hosanna has many meanings including save (or Savior), rescue, help, or I pray. Perhaps they thought Jesus would help or save them, and establish his kingdom. They were right, but their view of the kingdom was entirely different from the view of Jesus. Jesus always spoke about his kingdom, or [the kingdom of God, ](http ://christian-view.com/the-lords-prayer/the-kingdom-of-god-the-lords- prayer/)but his kingdom is not of this world. When they realized that they got cranky. Was this the reason for brutally crucifying him? I don’t know. The point is, looking at from any angle, the Palm Sunday has no sign of triumph or victory. All we find is a suffering servant, who was brutally defeated. #### So what was triumphal about the entry anyway? Going back to the original question, what is triumphal about the entry? What is the significance of Palm Sunday? The answer would come seven days later or the following Sunday. That entry was the beginning of the GREATEST TRIUMPH EVER made in known history – the defeat of death. A victory over death. No one, other than Jesus, has ever been able to defeat death. Death couldn’t contain him. If you know of anyone else, you have my attention. That is why it is a TRIUMPHAL ENTRY. Enjoy the Holy Week. Originally posted here: http://christian-view.com/easter/the-significance-of- palm-sunday-and-the-triumphal-entry-of-jesus/

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1 Sarah R = "Generally triumphant kings would enter Jerusalem on a horse, rather than on a donkey. Jesus will return on a horse, however, when He comes back for His people. See Revelations 19:11-16."
2 angela h = "The Bible tells us this colt had never been ridden. That in itself is a miracle. If you don't believe me, try to mount a colt that hasn't been broken; then get back to me on that.This is just further proof that Jesus is the King of all creation. "
3 Sarah R = "Rather than deliver them from the temporary tyranny of Rome, Jesus delivered all of us from the permanent tyranny of sin! Praise God!!"
4 angela h = "I would like to add that He is still delivering today. They could not possibly have imagined what great a work Jesus was fixing to do."
5 Sarah R = "I think the reason for crucifying Him was a little more complex than this. Yes, Jesus was not the earthly messiah they were waiting for who would rise up Israel and conquer Rome. But more than that, Jesus was challenging the authority, traditions, and high standard of living which the Jewish leaders and Pharisees enjoyed. They feared that Jesus meant the end of their position, and therefore stirred up the people against Him. There was another plan at work, however, the plan of God, ordained before the beginning of time, in which Jesus' purpose was fulfilled through His death and resurrection. This reminds me of the words of Joseph in Genesis 50:20, "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.""
6 angela h = "We can see, even in today's society, how easily a violent riot can be incited. I believe the religious leaders became angry, as Sarah stated, because Jesus challenged their authority. He stole their thunder, so to speak.  I believe the turning point is when He messed with their money...the cleansing of the temple.None of that really matters though. Jesus died on the cross because He chose to to free me from my sin! No one could have crucified Him had He decided not to die! "