Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday Easter Refection

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Luke 19:28-44

After Jesus had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. As He approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples, saying to them,  “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ tell him, ‘The Lord needs it.’” Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as He had told them.  As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”  They replied, “The Lord needs it.” They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As He went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. When He came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

“I tell you,” He replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

As He approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”

left crowd

Josephus tells us that at each Passover at this time about 256 500 lambs were slaughtered. One lamb was slaughtered for each family so the number of people in Jerusalem attending Passover was significant. Celebrating this festival meant that hopes for redemption were high among the people as they commemorated God saving Israel from a foreign power.


The colt had never been ridden. How do unbroken animals normally react if someone climbs on their back? Jesus’ miraculous power and authority over nature were clearly demonstrated.

right crowd

At Passover Psalms 113-118 were quoted as part of the celebrations proclaiming God’s salvation and the coming Messiah.  Psalm 118:25-29 was also chanted to welcome the pilgrims coming to Jerusalem for the festival.  Those in Jerusalem said the first phrase of each verse and the pilgrims entering responded with the second phrase.  They concluded by saying verse 29 and Psalm 103:18 in unison.


People would honour kings by throwing their cloaks down where kings would sit or walk.  Branches were used for Jewish celebrations, most commonly associated with the Feast of Tabernacles. 


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Verse 29 and Psalm 103:18

Lord save us!  Lord grant us success!  Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.  From the house of the Lord we bless you. The Lord is God and He has made His light shine on us.  With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar.  You are my God and I will praise You; You are my God and I will exalt You.  Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever, with those who keep His covenant and remember to obey His precepts.