Palm Sunday

Pastor Rachel kicks off the start of Holy Week by unpacking the practical implications of Jesus’ triumphant, humble entry into Jerusalem.

Scripture: Matthew 21:1-11

 

Palm Sunday

Jesus intentionally made His “triumphant” entry as thousands of pilgrims entered Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover Festival. Freedom was in the air. People were once again chanting ‘Hosanna, Hosanna!” – come save us, now! – wanting and expecting a war-like, conquering Messiah to rescue them from their slavery to their Roman oppressor.

Yet, instead of making His royal procession like that of Rome, or the earlier Jewish Revolt, where the King comes in on a horse symbolizing military strength and power – Jesus comes in on a meek, humble donkey signifying peace.

Hence, the religious Jerusalem crowd was confused and disappointed. This gentle, peaceful, donkey-riding Messiah isn’t who they were expecting. They understood this to be a kingly entrance, it just wasn’t the type of king they wanted or expected.

See, that’s what Palm Sunday is all about. Palm Sunday tells us who the King is and how He reigns. Palm Sunday isn’t necessarily about how the crowds got Jesus wrong, as much as it’s about the kind of King Jesus we follow.

Will you receive Jesus the way He is or the way you want Him?

Scripture: Matthew 21:1-11; Zechariah 9:9-10; Matthew 20:20-28