‘Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields.’ – Mark 11
As yesterday was Palm Sunday, I thought I’d let you know a few key facts about it…
Palm Sunday is a Christian event that falls on the Sunday before Easter. It remembers Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, an event recorded in the four Gospels.
In many churches there is a procession where people carry crosses made out of palms, representing the branches the crowd carried in front of Jesus as he entered Jerusalem.
In many ways, despite the joyful singing of hymns, it is a sad occasion. Despite the triumph of Jesus’ arrival, it was the journey to His death on the cross.
Jesus rode into the city on a donkey. The donkey is sometimes considered a symbol of peace, in contrast to the horse, which is an animal of war. A king would ride a horse when he was at war, but ride a donkey to symbolize his arrival in peace. Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem would be as the Prince of Peace, not a king at war.
Jesus came in Peace, suffered on the cross, but ultimately left in peace. His victory over the cross defeated death for all of us.
Let us make our journeys be that of peace and not war, like Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.
Welcome to Holy Week! I will be posting up until Easter with my 40 day Lent series.