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Summary: Easter Reflection series: How Palm Sunday informs us of our response to God and to the world

The Stones Will Cry Out

Easter Reflection series

Lk. 19:28-40

What a celebration! Crowds were excited! Jesus was thrilled to see the response of worship. But some party-poopers were there (v.39). I love Jesus¡¦ response, don¡¦t u just love it. Let them celebrate, don¡¦t¡¦ shush them. If they keep quiet the stones will cry out... Oh God wants us to celebrate! Partying in His presence! He loves the praises in loud voices¡K He enjoys the gladness of the people! That¡¦s Palm Sunday.

Grand Entrance (source: www.Christianitytoday.com)

Palm Sunday celebrates the day Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. But let¡¦s test how much we really know of that day¡¦s events, recorded in all four Gospels, with these true or false statements.

1. According to the Gospels, the people waved palm branches when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

False (Matt. 21:6, Mark 11:8 (quickview) , Luke 19:36 (quickview) , John 12:13 (quickview) ). None of the four Gospels say the people "waved" branches but that they spread garments and branches in Jesus¡¦ path. Only John 12 (quickview)  passage mentions palm branches, apparently, a tree not native to Jerusalem. In our Luke passage, it mentions only the spreading of cloaks. Palm branches usage signifies ¡§victory.¡¨ But I guess, there must be some waving too as cloaks and branches are pretty big, and when you spread it around, it¡¦s gonna wave a bit, don¡¦t u think?

2. The date of Jesus¡¦ triumphal entry¡Xfive days before Passover¡Xwas a special holiday in his time.

True. It wasn¡¦t called Palm Sunday in Jesus¡¦ day, but each Israelite family chose the lamb they would sacrifice for Passover on the tenth day of the month. As the people shouted "Hosanna," they didn¡¦t realize they were choosing the Lamb of God as their sacrifice.

3. By their actions, the people were publicly proclaiming Jesus as the Messiah.

True. When Solomon was anointed king, he rode into the city on a mule, to the shouts and praises of the people (1 Kings 1:43-45 (quickview) ). Zechariah prophesied the Messiah would arrive the same way "gentle and riding on a donkey" (Zech. 9:9).

4. The fact that Jesus rode a donkey portrayed him as a warrior king.

False. Conquering kings would ride war horses; the donkey symbolized peace and humility (Zech. 9:9, 10). Jesus¡¦ entry was a stark contrast to the war-like Romans, whose military presence was very visible. We rather have this imagery ¡K.The stallion stood on its hind legs, neighed loudly, and pawed the air with its front legs. When it stood as tall as it could stand, Jesus leaned forward in the saddle. Holding the reins with one hand while lifting his white hat in the air with the other, He shouted with a loud voice, "hi ho silver away" As Jesus road off into the sunset, you could hear the William Tell Overture in the background. Du du dunt¡K

5. The shouts of "Hosanna!" meant "Praise the Lord!"

False. The Hebrew word Halleluia means "praise the Lord;" Hosanna means "save us!" or "save!" The Palm Sunday crowd falsely assumed that Jesus would bring political liberation.

6. The route Jesus chose for his triumphal entry was down the side of Mount Zion.


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