Palm Sunday - the Place, the People and the Purpose
1. Today we celebrate Palm Sunday-the Sunday before Easter. Christians around the world recognize Palm Sunday as the day Jesus made His triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem.
a. On this day prophecy was fulfilled, for the prophet Zechariah had recorded this event some 400 years earlier. In Zech 9:9, we read, ''Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.''
2. Chapter 12, of the Gospel of John, begins the account of Jesus' final week, which culminates in His death at the end of the week and His resurrection on the first day of the week, Easter Sunday.
3. The events of this week actually begin on Saturday evening with a dinner in the town of Bethany, about 2 miles southeast of Jerusalem.
4. Following the dinner on Saturday, Jesus makes His way to the city of Jerusalem for His triumphal entry. This was a time when all Israel would be gathered at Jerusalem for the Passover.
a. It is said that there may have been as many as a half of million people present-every male within 25 miles of Jerusalem was required to be in attendance for the week of Passover.
ILLUS: During the nineteenth century it was Chancellor Bismarck of Prussia who entered into the City of Jerusalem riding a white horse. So great were the number of soldiers and officials that that an entire section of the city wall had to be removed. (TITLE: THE GRAND MARSHAL OF THE JERUSALEM PARADE AUTHOR: Rev. Steven A. Blankenship)
5. I can tell you about someone far great than Chancellor Bismark who rode into that city. During the first century it was Jesus Christ of Nazareth who entered into the City of Jerusalem, riding on a little donkey. As He entered through the Eastern Gate of the city, throngs of people shouted and cheered, cast ...
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