What is Palm Sunday?

What is Palm Sunday?

Palm Sunday commemorates the day that Jesus entered into Jerusalem riding on a donkey.  The people cut down branches from nearby trees and laid them on the road as he entered.  It is assumed that the branches were from palm trees, probably because palms are a common tree in the regions around Jerusalem.  Jericho, for example, is known as the city of palms.  The people also placed robes on the pathway before Jesus.  This event is recorded in Matthew 21:7-9

"They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!’

This Triumphal Entry is one of the events in Jesus’ life that was prophesied in the Old Testament in the book of Zechariah 9:9

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey”

Another significant fulfillment of prophecy regarding the triumphal entry of Palm Sunday can be seen in the prophecies in the book of Daniel.  Daniel chapter 9 specifies 70 weeks, which are “weeks” of years or 70 groups of 7 years.  There were 69 weeks of years between the edict to rebuild Jerusalem and the day that Christ entered into Jerusalem.  The 70th week of Daniel is yet future and will be fulfilled during the great tribulation.  You can read a detailed description of this 69th week and the calculations of the historic dates in the book “The Coming Prince” by Sir Robert Anderson.  You can also read about the 70th week of Daniel in the book “The Future”.

Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The street shall be built again, and the wall, Even in troublesome times

Daniel 9:25.

Just a few days later on the Friday of the crucifixion of Jesus, the crowd had a very different desire – “Crucify Him!  Crucify Him!” they shouted when Pilate the governor asked what should be done with Jesus who is called Christ.

Palm Sunday Calendar Dates

April 17, 2011
April 1, 2012
March 24, 2013
April 13, 2014
March 29, 2015