On Sunday, March 28, both Palm Sunday and Passover are celebrated.
Palm Sunday is the Christian holiday that occurs on the Sunday before Easter. This celebration commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem , mentioned in each of the four Gospels. Jesus entered the city knowing He would be tried and crucified and welcomed His fate to rise from the grave and save us from sin!
I did a lot of research on the meaning of Passover and how it is presented. This link is very informative, I hope you explore!
A year ago, I was invited to a Seder dinner, unfortunately, due to the pandemic, it was cancelled. I was so looking forward to it. Perhaps another invite will come my way next year! (Hint hint to my Jewish friends)!
You can probably visualize it from your childhood religious teachings. Jesus on a donkey, people waving palm fronds. Do you know the whole story?
Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem, knowing full well that this trip would end in his sacrificial death for the sin of humanity.
He sent two disciples ahead to the village of Bethphage, about a mile away from the city at the foot of the Mount of Olives. He told them to look for a donkey tied by a house, with its unbroken colt next to it. Jesus instructed the disciples to tell the owners of the animal that “The Lord has need of it.” (Luke 19:31, ESV)
The men found the donkey, brought it and its colt to Jesus, and placed their cloaks on the colt. Jesus sat on the young donkey and slowly, humbly, made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. In his path, people threw their cloaks on the ground and put palm branches on the road before him. Others waved palm branches in the air.
Large Passover crowds surrounded Jesus, shouting “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9, ESV)
By that time the commotion was spreading through the entire city. Many of the Galilean disciples had earlier seen Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead. Undoubtedly they were spreading the news of that astonishing miracle.
The Pharisees, who were jealous of Jesus and afraid of the Romans, said: “‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples.’ He answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.'” (Luke 19:39-40, ESV)
What does the word “Easter” mean and does it have the same significance as “The Resurrection”?
According to Merriam-Webster: Easter is a feast that commemorates Christ’s resurrection and is observed with variations of date due to different calendars on the first Sunday after the paschal full moon.
I’ve answered my own question! Still, I think the word “Easter” in the minds of many, means bunny rabbits and baskets filled with candy, patent leather shoes, white gloves, floral dresses, and a big meal after church.
From Palm Sunday until a week later, there is much to be mindful of. In a period of seven days, Jesus goes from being hero-like, a big parade complete with palm fronds, children waving and smiling — to Crucifixion, death, burial and then the big TA DA day; the big reveal you might say; roll the stone away and Jesus is gone. He Has Risen! Hallelujah! But do we miss the “in-between”?
There is no exact way; it is what you believe and what is comfortable for you. The following link is common throughout Catholic and Christian faiths.
April is just around the corner and our holy month begins; Palm Sunday, Passover, Good Friday and Easter. The death, burial and resurrection — the miracle that saved our life.
Do you believe? That is all that is asked of us, to believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins.
People don’t like to see the image of Jesus nailed to the cross, or the crown of thorns on his head; but this is the reality. Jesus was nailed to a cross, hands and feet, his sides were pierced and a crown of sharp thorns was not “placed” on his head, it was jammed into it. Imagine the physical pain and anguish. He made this awful sacrifice for us; to heal our wounds, forgive our sins and give us a life that is free and an end that is eternal.
He was despised, and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering; as one from whom men hide their face, and we despised him and we did not value him. Surely he has borne our sufferings, and carried our pains; yet we considered him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed. ~Isaiah 53:3-5 (NHEB)