Palm Sunday: Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem
The Sunday before Easter has been called Palm Sunday because of the imagery of the Lord Jesus Christ making His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The people hailed Him as their Messiah, waving palm branches and laying them down before Him, as well as their outer garments or cloaks so that the asses colt that He rode upon would not have to tread upon the dirt road. In just a few more days, the Lord Jesus entered the beginning of His passion or suffering which would culminate in His resurrection from the dead. The whole of it came to be called the Passion week which included all of the activities of the Lord Jesus during His final week in His physical body upon the earth.
This year, Palm Sunday will fall on April 1, 2012 and churches in Chicago and everywhere will be celebrating this day in remembrance of our Lord’s passion that He suffered for us. Looking at some of the historical aspects of this event, the palm tree itself has always been associated with the oasis in the desert. When the people of Israel camped in Elim, there just happened to be 70 palm trees and 12 springs of fresh water. Thus do we see the imagery of the number 70 for the exact number of elders that judged the people and the number 12 being the representative number for the 12 tribes of Israel. Thus we see that Jesus being hailed as the Messiah, with the people waving palm branches, thus indicating that the Lord Jesus as the Messiah was their eternal oasis of ‘living water,’ even as He had told the Samaritan woman at the well in:
Jesus answered and said to her, If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.
The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
Zechariah 9:9 prophesied that a ‘triumphant and victorious” king would enter Jerusalem ‘humble and riding on an ass.’ The spectacle of Palm Sunday fulfills this prophecy,” so The Dict. of Biblical Imagery. If you are planning on attending the Palm Sunday services in Chicago, here is a directory of Chicago Churches that includes every major denomination, Chicago Churches. You will find churches that celebrate Palm Sunday in an ornate type pageantry to the simple remembrance of what the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished during the week of His Passion. Listed below are some other articles that pertain to the account of the Lord and the Samaritan woman at the well and others in the Gospel of John:
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Have a Blessed Paschal Week