Posted by: Veroni Kruger | March 24, 2021

What Are You Celebrating on Palm Sunday?

 

Sunday March 28, 2021 marks a very important event in the church calendar.  It is celebrated world-wide as Palm Sunday.  It is the beginning of what we call Holy Week, which is the approach to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Luke describes, along with the other Gospels, the events when Jesus entered Jerusalem in a victorious procession, in Luke 19.28-40.

“After telling this story, Jesus went on toward Jerusalem, walking ahead of his disciples. As he came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples ahead. ‘Go into that village over there’ he told them. ‘As you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks, ‘Why are you untying that colt?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’  So they went and found the colt, just as Jesus had said. And sure enough, as they were untying it, the owners asked them, ‘Why are you untying that colt?’ And the disciples simply replied, ‘The Lord needs it. So they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it for him to ride on. As he rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of him. When he reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen. ‘Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the LORD! Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!’ But some of the Pharisees among the crowd said, ‘Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!’ He replied, ‘If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!’ ”

WHAT HAPPENED ON PALM SUNDAY WAS A PROPHETIC EVENT 

Palm Sunday is the fulfilment of one prophecy and the foreshadowing of another.

1.         The fulfilment of prophecies in the OT regarding the return of the King to Jerusalem

In Zechariah 9.9 the prophet calls out:

“Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!

Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!

See, your king comes to you,

righteous and having salvation,

gentle and riding on a donkey,

on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

In Zechariah’s prophecies, this is the beginning of the restoration of Jerusalem, leading eventually to the consummation of the kingdom of God.  After prophetic words exhorting Israel to repent, and describing judgment and salvation, Zechariah turns to eschatological themes of the unfolding of the kingdom of God, and how that affects Israel and Jerusalem.

In the prophecy in Zechariah 9.9 Zechariah sees the beginning of that process.  

The return of the King of Israel to Jerusalem is fulfilled in the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on what we now call Palm Sunday.  By this, Jesus is identified as the Messiah, the anointed King who has come to take up his position.  

2.         Palm Sunday is a foreshadowing of the return of Christ in power and glory.

Zechariah also looks ahead to the second coming of Christ, when He will return to Jerusalem as the King not of the Jewish people only, but also of the whole world.  This event is described in Zechariah 14.9:

“The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name.”

Revelation 19.11-21 provides more details of that day.

“11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war.  12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.  13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron scepter.  He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.  6 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:  KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

WHAT ARE YOU CELEBRATING ON PALM SUNDAY?

Let us praise God for the joy of Palm Sunday, and welcome the King of  kings into our hearts and lives.  Let us also look forward with joyful anticipation to the fulfilment in the Second Coming of Christ.  


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