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MEANING OF PALM/PASSION SUNDAY! : On Palm Sunday Christians celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, the week before his death and resurrection. For many Christian churches, Palm Sunday, often referred to as “Passion Sunday,” marks the beginning of Holy Week, which concludes on Easter Sunday.
Palm Sunday explained and facts to read about!
1. Jesus had spent many months traveling through the towns and villages of Palestine. He preached about the kingdom of God and healed the sick wherever He went. Now the time had come for Him to claim His title as the Messiah – the Savior that God had promised to the Jewish people.
Jesus knew His mission was almost finished. As they traveled to Jerusalem, Jesus warned His disciples that He would soon be put to death, and after three days He would rise again.
As they came near Jerusalem, Jesus told two of His disciples to go into a nearby village and bring a donkey that would be waiting there. Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the donkey. Crowds of people spread their coats on the ground in front of Him. Some waved branches of palm trees, a sign of victory. The people shouted,
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord –
the King of Israel!
Only a king would be greeted this way (2 Kings 9:13), and the people wanted Jesus to be their king.
2. What Does Messiah Mean?
Messiah comes from a Hebrew word meaning “the anointed one.” In Old Testament times, important people like kings and priests were anointed with oil as a sign of their office. For hundreds of years, the Jews had expected God to send them a special king (Daniel 9:25-26, Isaiah 7:14-17, 11:1-9, Micah 5:2).
3. In Jesus’ time, palms were a national symbol of independence linked to the restoration of the holy Hebrew temple in Jerusalem. Palms were referred to as the phoenix tree because of their leaf shape and ability to grow new leaves after being burnt. Early Christians used the phoenix plant and bird to represent resurrection and rising from the dead.
4. What does Hosanna mean?
Originally this was a word of urgent supplication, meaning something like “Come to our aid!” .
At Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the people shouted “Hosanna.” Some paraphrase this as “hooray”.
Overall, “Hosanna,” is a cry for salvation, while at the same time is a declaration of praise.
Matthew:21:9: “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!’”
To read more from the Bible that talks about this subject, do see Matthew 21-22, Mark 11-12, Luke 19-20, John 12
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and so do i!
reference : http://www.christianbiblereference.org/story_PalmSunday.htm, http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jimmy-akin, m.victoriaadvocate.com