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Palm Sunday and Jesus

Each of the four gospels discusses the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into the city of Jerusalem the Sunday before His death. That great moment fulfilled many truths that the Old Testament prophets said about what would occur with the Messiah. The Apostle John writes in John 12:12-13: “On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.” We call that day now, “Palm Sunday,” but what was the significance of that day?

Jesus presented Himself that day as King in fulfillment of what Bible teachers call, “the Davidic Covenant,” in 2 Samuel 7:12-16, where God promises David that one of his descendants would sit on his throne forever. This person is the Lord Jesus Christ. The triumphal entry on Palm Sunday is one part of the fulfillment of that prophecy among many others in the Old Testament. Many, many in Israel that day considered Him as King. They had expectations of a Messiah themselves based on the teaching they received in synagogues from their religious leaders, but it was an incomplete or inaccurate picture. The teaching ignored or perverted the prophecies about the humility of the Messiah and His suffering.

As Jesus rode that day into Jerusalem, He was mounted on the foal of a donkey, not some tall, white stallion. This itself fulfilled prophecy in Zechariah 9:9 and Isaiah 62:12. This act of humility represented the kind of kingdom the true Messiah, Jesus, would reign. A vast majority would never receive that King. Will you receive Him if you haven’t already? I hope so.

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