Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. Matthew 21:2
The King is Coming! Palm Sunday is one of my favorite days because we celebrate the arrival of our King of Kings Jesus Christ! As Jesus was preparing to make his arrival into the city of Jerusalem , he instructed his disciples to find him a donkey to ride on instead of a horse, why?
Because Jesus was here to present a message of Peace and Hope! Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) He was not coming to Jerusalem to wage war on the Romans, as many Jews expected. Many Jews were disappointed with his Peaceful Arrival, and they turned on Jesus eventually screaming “Crucify Him”
All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. Matthew 21:4-5
Many didn’t realize , Jesus was fulfilling a Messianic Prophecy right before their eyes. As was foretold by the Prophet Zechariah , fulfillment was happening right before their eyes. However even though they knew the scriptures, they rejected their Messiah
And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. Matthew 21:8-9
Why is it called Palm Sunday? Exactly because of this event here, while Jesus was riding down Jerusalem, the great multitude were laying Palm Branches before him and declaring “Hosanna, to the Son of David”!
The Palm Branch was symbolic of Victory, Peace, and Eternal Life! The phrase “Hosanna” is an expression of Joy , Praise, and Adoration! The Jews were celebrating the arrival of their Messiah, but it didn’t take long for them to turn on him
And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Luke 19:41
In the gospel of Luke , Jesus wept over Jerusalem because he knew the persecution and suffering the Jewish people were going to endure, including the destruction of The Temple!