Today is Sunday. Many of us call it Palm Sunday and churches across the world held special services to talk to you about why. In Matthew 21 and Mark 11 there is a story about how Jesus sent 2 disciples to fetch Him a colt. He tells them exactly where it will be and what to say when they are questioned. The disciples went into the village and it happened exactly as Jesus had said. They brought Him the colt and Jesus rode it into Jerusalem. Jesus knew the religious leaders were going to arrest and condemn Him, but He boldly and willingly went. As He rode into town a large crowd started to follow Him. They laid their cloaks on the road as an act of recognition, loyalty, and support while shouting, “Hosanna the Son of David. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
Hosanna means “to save” and was always expressed to a king. By shouting this the crowds were acknowledging that Jesus was the Messiah. People were waiving palm branches which was a symbol of victory and success, a token of rejoicing. I can just imagine the joy and excitement!
This event is called the triumphal entry. It was prophesied about by Zechariah almost 600 years earlier and was fulfilled on the exact day of Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy.
Jesus rode to the temple courts and was disappointed at what He saw. He became angry, driving out those who were buying and selling and overturning the tables of the money changers. This area was to be a place of prayer. In fact, it was the only area Gentiles were allowed to come and pray. Jesus knew the hearts of the merchants and saw them as thieves.
Scripture then tells us He went to the city of Bethany to be with his disciples.
This marks the end of the 1st day of what we call Holy Week.
I encourage you to read these stories for yourselves: Matthew 21:1-17, Mark 11:1-11, and John 12:12-19.
Check back every day for details about what happened throughout the rest of Holy Week!