Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Luke 19:28-40
Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, additionally known as Passion Sunday, marks the beginning of Holy Week. It commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The event is stated in all 4 gospels: Mark 11:1-eleven; Matthew 21:1-eleven; Luke 19:28-44; and John 12:12-19.
Looking again to the scripture focus of the Fifth Sunday in Lent, we understand that Jesus became staying in Bethany at the home of Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha. From there, Jesus sent two of his disciples to a neighboring village to borrow a donkey that had never been ridden. If they were puzzled upon taking the donkey, they have been to say that the Lord had need of it and would go back it later.
Upon starting the journey to Jerusalem, Jesus approached the city from the Mount of Olives. The disciples put their cloaks at the donkey to make it greater cozy. As Jesus rode into Jerusalem, probably via the Golden Gate, the people laid down their cloaks and palm branches in front of him for the donkey to walk on. They also sang a part of Psalm 118: “Blessed is He who comes within the name of the Lord…”
According to Jewish lifestyle, the palm branch became an image of triumph and victory. Because of this, the scene of the group greeting Jesus by means of waving arms and carpeting his route with them has given this Christian pageant its call of “Palm Sunday”.
Since the enemy and military energy at that time turned into the Roman navy, many of the Jews saw, and hoped, that Jesus’ triumphal access into Jerusalem became the achievement of Old Testament prophesy. In entire contradiction to the concept that Jesus could pressure out the Romans, Jesus had come using on a donkey.
The symbolism of the donkey, in a few Eastern traditions, changed into that of an animal of peace-as opposed to the horse, which is the animal of conflict. The fact that Jesus intentionally selected to trip a donkey for his access into Jerusalem became an “assertion” that he turned into coming in peace. It additionally underscores that Jesus changed into “gentle” or “lowly”-definitely now not a man of battle.
While Jesus became a person of peace, and certainly his disciples understood that it is possible that the keenness of the general public that “Palm Sunday” regarded to the authorities greater like a statement of battle than a message of peace. It is against this backdrop that Holy Week starts the off evolved-every week that ends with the crucifixion of Jesus as a common criminal.