Read: Matthew 21: 1-11. Mark 11:1-11. John 12: 12-19
Overview: Accompanied by his disciples, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a colt, while crowds of people covered the streets ahead of him with their cloaks and with palm branches.
This Sunday observes the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem that was marked by the crowds, who were in Jerusalem for Passover, waving palm branches and proclaiming him as the messianic king. The Gospels tell us that Jesus rode into the city on a donkey, enacting the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9, and in so doing emphasized the humility that was to characterize the Kingdom he proclaimed. The irony of his acceptance as the new King in the lineage of David (Mark 11:10) * by the crowds who would only five days later cry for his execution should be a sobering reminder of the human tendency to want God on our own terms.
This Sunday is also known as Passion Sunday to commemorate the beginning of Holy Week and Jesus’ final agonizing journey to the cross. The English word passion comes from a Latin word that means “to suffer,” the same word from which we derive the English word patient.
* Note: “Mark 11:10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David that cometh in the name of the Lord;” This Blessing shouted by the crowd my seem out of place. In the past the Jews would be praising their father, “Abraham”, but on this day they cheer the coming of a New Kingdom and a New Father in the Lineage of David. The Septuagint of Isaiah 11:10 Refers to the Root of Jesse or the Messianic king was to be of the family of Jesse the father of David.