How Many of These Palm Sunday Facts Do You Know?
By San Jose REALTOR® and Silicon Valley guide Michelle Carr Crowe
Palm Sunday is celebrated annually throughout Catholic and Christian churches in Silicon Valley, Calif. It happens on the sixth Sunday of Lent, occurring exactly one week before Easter Sunday.
Palm Sunday commemorates the event of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey and being greeted by exuberant crowds of people waving palms and shouting “Hosanna”.
How many of these Palm Sunday facts do you know?
1. What holiday was happening when Jesus rode into Jerusalem that first Palm Sunday?
C. Yom Kippur
2. How many of the four gospels of the Bible mention Palm Sunday?
A. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Peter
C. Matthew, Mark and Luke
D. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
3. What does Hosanna mean?
A. You’re the king
B. Save now
C. God with us
D. Who is this?
4. What was the important symbolism of Jesus riding in on a donkey?
A. Jesus was too holy to walk like a regular man
B. Jesus was planning a sneak attack to overthrow the Roman government
C. It was the traditional mode of travel used when a new king was arriving to ascend the throne
D. Just as Jesus’ mother Mary rode on a donkey to Bethlehem, Jesus rode on one into Jerusalem
5. What do palm branches symbolize?
A. Victory of a conqueror over a foe
B. Purity-palms covered the dirt and manure to make the way “clean” for Jesus
C. Forgiveness of sins
D. Being delivered from slavery
Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem is found in all four gospels (Matthew 21, Mark 11, Luke 19 and John 12.) Riding on a donkey demonstrated Jesus was the rightful king, as this was the traditional travel mode of royalty when first taking up a throne.
Hosanna means “save now” as the people anticipated Jesus would take up his throne and take up arms against their current Roman rulers. The palm branches symbolized victory over a hopefully soon-to-be-conquered foe. Below is Matthew’s gospel of the first Palm Sunday.
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away...
The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!"
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, "Who is this?" the crowds answered, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee." (Matthew 21:1-3, 6-11).
To experience Palm Sunday, please join one of the many local churches Sunday morning.
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