Palm Sunday

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When the Lord rode a donkey toward Jerusalem, He was fulfilling the prophecy from Zechariah (9:9), “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.” The people welcomed the Lord as their King, spreading a carpet of clothes and palm branches along the way. They shouted, "Hosanna," which means "save us now".

The Lord came on earth because He loves us and without His coming, no one could have been saved. By fighting and defeating the hells and by making His Human Divine, the Lord became the Savior and Redeemer. The story of Palm Sunday pictures the way we can look to the Lord, praising Him and asking for His help to conquer our evils.

The Story

Read the Palm Sunday story in different gospels

Read and compare several different accounts of the Palm Sunday story to get a clearer picture of the excitement people felt as they greeted the Lord as their King.

  • Matthew 21:1-11
  • Mark 11:1-10
  • Luke 19:29-38
  • John 12:12-16

Note the events that come right before and after this story in each gospel. How do these give us a fuller idea of the Lord’s mission on earth? Do they suggest ways that He would like to help us spiritually?

Ideas for discussion

  1. Why did the Lord ride into Jerusalem on a young donkey? (Because this showed people that He is King.)
  2. What did the disciples put on the donkey and the colt? (their clothing)
  3. What did people do when they saw the Lord coming? (They spread clothing and palm branches on the road before Him.) People were greeting the Lord with their customs for greeting a king.
  4. What kind of king is the Lord? (He is the King of heaven.)
  5. The people said “Hosanna!" as the Lord entered Jerusalem. The word “Hosanna” means save now.
  6. The joy of this story is quickly followed by the sorrow of the Lord’s arrest, trial, and crucifixion. But we can embrace His resurrection with joy, knowing that He became our Savior and Redeemer.

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