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Palm Sunday, April 5th

Jesus’ Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem

REFLECT : Read Matthew 21:1-11

When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, “The Lord needs them.” And he will send them immediately.’ This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, ‘Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,

‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!

’When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, ‘Who is this?’ The crowds were saying, ‘This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.’

 

RESPOND:

Hosanna means to express adoration, praise, or joy – it means Alleluia or Hurray! Laying down Palm leaves/branches was a custom from the Festival of the Booths (see Leviticus 23:40) as a sign of rejoicing. In the Roman world crowds would often welcome home conquering hero’s by laying down branches as the victor entered the city.

Choose a public way to honor Jesus’ arrival with joy today. Write a message in chalk on your driveway; draw a picture of palm leaves that leads to your front door, or come up with another great way to honor Jesus arrival with joy on your own.

Take it one step further by letting your community know how you are welcoming our conquering hero Jesus by taking a picture of your response. Post it to social media (tag @lifebridgechurchsd) or email it to us at info@lifebridgesd.org so we can share in the celebration together, or send it to a friend or family member to encourage them this Palm Sunday.