About a week before His Crucifixion and Resurrection, Jesus Christ rode into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey as His followers joyfully welcomed Him as their king and Messiah. Today we celebrate Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on what some call “Palm Sunday.”
Let’s learn more about the symbolism of Christ’s triumphal entry.
When Jesus Christ rode a donkey into Jerusalem, He fulfilled a Biblical prophecy that the Messiah would come humbly, riding upon a donkey (see Zechariah 9:9–10). The Messiah’s purpose was to save all humankind.”
A large crowd accompanied Jesus, shouting “Hosanna to the Son of David!”—Hosanna is an expression of praise and pleading that means “please save us.” “Son of David” means the people recognized Jesus as the prophesied Messiah who had come to save them. (See Matthew 21:9, 15.)
Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey, showing that He came as a peaceful Savior and King. In those times, the donkey was a symbol of Jewish royalty.
Jesus’s followers laid items of clothing on Jesus’s path as a gesture of respect traditionally reserved for royalty. These people understood that Jesus was their King.
The people spread palm branches—a symbol of victory—on the ground in front of Jesus as He rode. Jesus came to earth to pay the price for the sins of all people. The palm branch is a reminder of Jesus’s triumph over sin and death.
Jesus made it possible for us to overcome sin and death and live with God again. Watch the video below to see what’s possible in your life because of His sacrifices.
The final week of Jesus’s life began with His triumphal entry into Jerusalem—a declaration of His identity as the promised Savior. Next, you’ll learn more about what happened the next day, when He removed sinful distractions from the holy temple.
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