All four gospels tell of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on what we now call Palm Sunday.
Though Jesus knew the cross was in his future, five days before His crucifixion, He rode into Jerusalem with a King-making procession and a parade worthy of royalty.
“Hosanna!” the people shouted and cheered, spreading their clothing on the road and waving huge palm fronds, overjoyed to be in the presence of their King.
Jesus’ triumphal entry was prophesied hundreds of years before it happened
Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes to you! He is righteous, and having salvation; lowly, and riding on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Jesus knew the prophet Zechariah was speaking about him; He deliberately fulfilled prophecy
When they came near to Jerusalem and came to Bethsphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village that is opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and immediately he will send them.” All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying, “Tell the daughter of Zion, behold, your King comes to you, humble, and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
The disciples followed Jesus’ instructions; He rode on a donkey that had never been ridden before
The disciples went and did just as Jesus commanded them, and brought the donkey and the colt and laid their clothes on them; and he sat on them.
A huge crowd of people took part in preparing the way of the Lord
A very great multitude spread their clothes on the road. Others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
The Psalms bless the one who comes in the Lord’s name
Blessed is he who comes in the LORD’s name! We have blessed you out of the LORD’s house.
The people sang and quoted the Psalmist’s blessing, knowing it meant Jesus was their king
They took the branches of the 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!”
Jesus attracted a huge crowd, who loudly praised God for the wonders they had seen
As he was now getting near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works which they had seen.
Jesus’ triumphal entry on Palm Sunday angered the religious rulers
Some of the Pharisees from the multitude said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” He answered them, “I tell you that if these were silent, the stones would cry out.”
Even in the midst of a parade in His honor, thoughts of lost people broke Jesus’ heart
When he came near, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you, even you, had known today the things which belong to your peace! But now, they are hidden from your eyes.”
His followers only understood some of the importance of Palm Sunday in hindsight
His disciples didn’t understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about him, and that they had done these things to him.