“And when He had come into Jerusalem, the
entire city was moved, saying, “Who is
this?” Matthew 21:10.
Here on this first “Palm Sunday” is an “open
deliberate declaration of Jesus' Messiah ship
and Kingship,” the hour was approaching
when Jesus would be rejected and the issue
must now be made plain. For even Pilate
said, “Behold, your king!”
Jesus purpose was not to overthrow
Rome, but the breaking of the
power of sin; He came seated on a
donkey, symbolic of humility and
peace, rather then mounted on a
horse, a symbol of conquest.
For He came to liberate people from
It was only three years earlier that
John said, “Behold, the Lamb of
God, which takes away the sin of
the world” John 1:29.
Now on this Palm Sunday Jesus
began His last week of His ministry
to fulfil John' prophecy.
Now the time had come, to let the
people proclaim Him as King.
A DAY OF TRIUMPH.
A. The preparation for the Day! Verses 28-
After breakfast with friends, Jesus and His
disciples left Bethany for Jerusalem.
By the time they reached Bethpage, the
road was crowed with pilgrims making their
way for the Feast of Passover.
Jesus sent two disciples ahead of Him to
prepare His entry into Jerusalem on a
B. The procession on the Day! Verses 35-38.
Jesus as He sat seated upon the donkey
allowed for the first and the only time, the
people to “openly worship Him” as He rode
towards the city.
The shouting of the crowd was infections, as
soon as someone cried “Hosanna,” others
took up the cry.
Soon the roadway echoed with shouts of
praise, for they rejoiced and praised God for
the Messiah had come.
C. The proclamation on the Day! Verses 39-
Those on the outskirts of the city joined the
crowds about the Lord. The whole valley
rang with cries of “Hosanna.”
Some wanted Jesus to still the cries of
worship, but Jesus replied that if the people
held their voices the stones would cry out.
Then they said, “Behold, the world is gone
after Him” John 12:19.
For ALL heaven declares the GLORY of GOD!
D. The passion on the Day! Verses 41-
What a contrast to the immediately
preceding profound joy! For in the
midst of all this shouting for joy, there
was One who wept.
While the people shouted “Hosanna,”
Jesus' heart was broken and He was
moved to weep for the city and the
“Who is this? It is Jesus!”
Ask Moses, and he shall answer you, “He is the
seed of woman.”
Ask David, and he shall answer you, “He is the
King of glory.”
Ask Isaiah, and he shall answer you, “He is
Emmanuel, God with us.”
Ask John, and he shall answer you, “He is the
Lamb of God.”
Ask the Father, and He shall answer you, “He is My
beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”