Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19.
Palm Sunday Story – Triumphal Entry Story Summary:
Jesus Christ1 was on his way to Jerusalem, knowing full well that this trip would end in his sacrificial death2 for the sin of humanity3. He sent two disciples ahead to the village of Bethphage, about a mile away from the city at the foot of the Mount of Olives. He told them to look for a donkey tied by a house, with its unbroken colt next to it. Jesus instructed the disciples4 to tell the owners of the animal that “The Lord has need of it.” (Luke 19:31, ESV5)
The men found the donkey, brought it and its colt to Jesus, and placed their cloaks on the colt. Jesus sat on the young donkey and slowly, humbly, made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. In his path, people threw their cloaks on the ground and put palm branches6 on the road before him. Others waved palm branches in the air.
Large Passover7 crowds surrounded Jesus, shouting “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9, ESV8)
By that time the commotion was spreading through the entire city. Many of the Galilean disciples had earlier seen Jesus raise Lazarus9 from the dead. Undoubtedly they were spreading the news of that miracle.
The Pharisees, who were jealous of Jesus and afraid of the Romans, said: “‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples.’ He answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.’” (Luke 19:39-40, ESV10)
Point of Interest from the Triumphal Entry Story:
• When he told the disciples to get the donkey, Jesus referred to himself as ‘The Lord,’ a definite proclamation of his divinity. …
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