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Palm Sunday: extraordinary event leading to an extraordinary week

Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem was foretold by the prophet Daniel exactly to the day over 500-years before.
Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem was foretold by the prophet Daniel exactly to the day over 500-years before.

There’s not another person in history whose birth, triumphal entrance into Jerusalem, arrest and trial, execution, and resurrection has been chronicled as much as Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

The prophets foretold of a Messiah born in Bethlehem from the tribe of Judah, of the house of David who would be the Proclaimed One as heralded by the major prophets as Isaiah and Daniel.

Daniel particularly declared when the Messiah would enter into the gates of Jerusalem in humility exactly as predicted by the prophets. The minor prophet Zacheriah 9:9 exalted, “Rejoice greatly, oh daughter of Zion; shout, oh daughter of Jerusalem: behold the King cometh unto thee: He is just, and having salvation; low, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass..”

The extraordinary entrance into Jerusalem was validated as another witness by the prophet Daniel in chapter #9 verse 25 which decreed over 500-years before it happened;

"Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times."

King Artaxerxes Longimamus of the Persians gave the command to rebuild Jerusalem on March 14, 445 BC which is accounted in Nehemiah 2: 1-8. Jesus entered Jerusalem on April 6th, 32AD exactly 173,880 days after King Xerxes gave the command to rebuild Jerusalem to Nehemiah.

It was an appointed time stipulated by God centuries before Jesus made His triumphant entry into Jerusalem. This fulfillment triggered a variety of supernatural events that came true by divine predestination and without violating the free will of the participants. It was not by accident, but by divine design.

It also serves notice how fickle the masses can be, singing praises one moment ready to anoint Jesus the king of Israel, and less than four days later calling for the crucifixion of Jesus. The actions displayed by the throwing of palm branches before Christ was a signal as a conquering hero returning with high praise and honor from an enormous victory.

Jesus thrice warned His disciples that he would be falsely accused, arrested, tortured and killed, but would rise from the dead in three days, a proposition specifically given to His followers. Unfortunately, their hearing was dulled by the distractions and excitement of the time as each disciple probably was envisioning their positions in the soon to be declared kingdom of God according to each apostle.

Everything would soon change as what the disciples believed would be a certain declaration of Jesus to be the Messiah. What Christ warned them not to disclose earlier would turn unbelievably sour.

The Bible standard of “all things work together for good, for those that love Him, and those that are the called according to His purpose” would face the supreme test in the face of tragedy.

A simple story would have enormous complexity.

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