The Purpose of Palm Sunday by Stan Coffey

The Purpose of Palm Sunday
Dr. Stan Coffey
Matthew 21:9

OUTLINE:

I. THE CORONATION OF THE KING
II. THE CROSS OF THE KING
III. THE COMMUNION OF THE KING
IV. THE CONDESCENSION OF THE KING
V. THE CONQUEST OF THE KING
VI. THE COMING OF THE KING

And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, " Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest." (Matt.21:9)

The Sunday before Easter Sunday is called Palm Sunday. It is scriptural to call this day Palm Sunday because in John 12:13 we read that they broke palm branches from the trees and lined the streets in front of Jesus Christ as He made His triumphant entry into the city of Jerusalem. "Much people....took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him
and cried, "Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord."

They correctly called Jesus the King of Israel, for He was presenting Himself as their king. This was Jesus most popular hour. There were many times, when Jesus was

Misunderstood by His own. Much of the earthly life of Jesus was spent alone. But here is one of those moments in His earthly ministry that has been called by many His most popular hour. We read that on this occasion a great multitude said, "Who is this?" (Matt. 21:10) We read that even the enemies of Jesus said, "....the world is gone after him."

(John 12:19) The occasion of Palm Sunday took place one week before His resurrection from the grave. While in a little village called Bethphage Jesus said to his disciples, "Go to a certain corner where two ways meet: there will be a home. You will find a colt tied. Bring that beast of burden. I am going to ride it into the city today."

They did as they were told and they brought this little donkey and they put their garments upon it and they sat Jesus upon this little animal. Jesus rides down from the side of the mount of Olives and through the Garden of Gethsemane and goes through what is called the Golden Gate, entering from the east side of the old city of Jerusalem. Down the streets he goes and the multitudes literally pack the city. They cry out, "Who is this?" The answer came back, "This is Jesus, the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee." (Matt. 21:11)

The Pharisees stood back observing what was happening and said, "There are so many people acclaiming Jesus that it looks like the whole world has gone after Him." For this reason Palm Sunday is also called, "The Triumphant Entry of Jesus Christ." It foreshadows a time in the future when Jesus Christ will come in His Glorious Appearing and will come through that Golden Gate and will indeed be received as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and will rule and reign on this earth from Jerusalem and the knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth as water covers the seas.

This is the beginning of His last week on earth. Packed into six brief days, before He arises from the d ...


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