by Billy Roper
Palm Sunday, one week before Easter, is the day we commemorate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The day is described in all four Gospels, particularly in Matthew 21:1-9, as when palm branches were placed in His path, before his arrest on Holy Thursday and his crucifixion on Good Friday. It thus marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent. He had come to the city to celebrate the Passover, as well as to fulfill God’s promise through prophecy that His son would be killed and triumph over death in order to offer us a pathway to salvation from our sins.
The evening before, Jesus and His disciples had spent the night in Bethany, a suburb of Jerusalem outside its walls, in the house of Lazarus (his friend whom he had previously raised from the dead) and Martha and Mary. Preparing to enter the city…
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