The Significance of Jesus on Palm Sunday, in Prophecy and in Revelation.

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday.  It is the day when we celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey.

True Discernment has a great post up describing this event. I suggest reading it all.

There are several paragraphs in that essay that I would like to highlight; particularly because in a similar manner as back then, there is currently such a heightened and frenzied political atmosphere today here in America!  People are looking for some sort of “savior” who will get us out of the political, social, cultural, and financial mess we find ourselves in.

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On that first Palm Sunday, the people also honored Jesus verbally: “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 heaven!’” (Matthew 21:9).

In their praise of Jesus, the Jewish crowds were quoting Psalm 118:25–26, an acknowledged prophecy of the Christ. The allusion to a Messianic psalm drew resentment from the religious leaders present: “Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples!’” (Luke 19:39). However, Jesus saw no need to rebuke those who told the truth. He replied, “I tell you . . . if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40).

Some 450 to 500 years prior to Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, the prophet Zechariah had prophesied the event we now call Palm Sunday: “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! / Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! / See, your king comes to you, / righteous and victorious, / lowly and riding on a donkey, / on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9).

The prophecy was fulfilled in every particular, and it was indeed a time of rejoicing, as Jerusalem welcomed their King. Unfortunately, the celebration was not to last. The crowds looked for a Messiah who would rescue them politically and free them nationally, but Jesus had come to save them spiritually. First things first, and mankind’s primary need is spiritual, not political, cultural, or national salvation.

When we look at this with wisdom filled eyes, we will notice that nothing has really changed since then! Mankind’s primary need is STILL spiritual; above all else! Of course, the political, cultural, and religious (i.e. “national salvation”) challenges going on can affect one’s spiritual decisions. The crowd cheered Jesus on Palm Sunday; but because their expectations of a Messiah were not met, they yelled “crucify him” just days later!

Excerpt from article link:

Even as the coatless multitudes waved the palm branches and shouted for joy, they missed the true reason for Jesus’ presence. They could neither see nor understand the cross. That’s why, “as [Jesus] approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies . . . will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you” (Luke 19:41–47). It is a tragic thing to see the Savior but not recognize Him for who He is. The crowds who were crying out “Hosanna!” on Palm Sunday were crying out “Crucify Him!” later that week (Matthew 27:22–23).

Look at what they missed from the Old Testament Scriptures that would have helped to inform them who He is:

Zec 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Mat 21:5 “Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”

This is just one prophecy that was exactly fulfilled by Jesus Christ. In fact, Jesus fulfilled hundreds of prophecies!

For a crowd to cheer Jesus one day, and jeer at him and scream “crucify him!” just six days later shows how utterly faithless people can be.

We can easily see how they can turn from the truth when they are not anchored in God’s Word and Truth!

How can we reconcile this?

Here’s the answer:

Jesus is the faithful one. He is faithful even when I am not (2 Timothy 2:13).

That is the crux of the matter. Even when we aren’t faithful, Jesus ALWAYS IS!! That is why we can trust Him with our very lives – now and for all eternity. How great is our God! He is the TRUE hope for our lives.

The following is a timeless truth:

I no longer live, but Christ lives in me and the life I live today in the body is by faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave his life for me (Galatians 2:20).

Jesus loved us all THAT MUCH – that He would die for our salvation. We know we can trust His promises, for three days later, he rose from the dead.

Excerpt from link above:

There is coming a day when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:10–11).

The worship will be real then. Also, John records a scene in heaven that features the eternal celebration of the risen Lord: “There before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands” (Revelation 7:9, emphasis added). These palm-bearing saints will shout, “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb” (verse 10), and who can measure the sum of their joy?

Hat tip: True Discernment

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8 Responses to “The Significance of Jesus on Palm Sunday, in Prophecy and in Revelation.”

  1. GMpilot Says:

    CJW: …there is currently such a heightened and frenzied political atmosphere today here in America! People are looking for some sort of “savior” who will get us out of the political, social, cultural, and financial mess we find ourselves in.
    Yeah, that’s pretty much like the old days: merchants buying favors with local officials, hustlers selling products inside the temples, law enforcement beating people in the streets, people going to war in the name of god. AND, of course, the frenzied search for a “savior”. Thing is, 2000 years of Christianity hasn’t altered the mix at all; it’s only helped to perpetuate it.

    Mat 21:5 “Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”
    This is just one prophecy that was exactly fulfilled by Jesus Christ. In fact, Jesus fulfilled hundreds of prophecies!
    Jesus knew of that prophecy, just like every other Jew. It was no difficulty for him to ‘fulfill’ it by acquiring someone else’s livestock and using them as he did. He also probably knew the tale of King Solomon and the old adage “this too, shall pass”.
    You’ll have to do better than that.

    The crowd cheered Jesus on Palm Sunday; but because their expectations of a Messiah were not met, they yelled “crucify him” just days later!
    Who was it who told the crowd to expect a warrior prince, hm? It was the similarly-named Yeshua–aka Joshua—who ran across the “promised land”, slaughtering the inhabitants of Jericho, Ai, and Hebron, and a dozen other places. Jesus never spoke of wars of conquest and seldom endorsed violence at all, except in the context of parables. So, if he didn’t meet the Jews’ notion of a messiah, whose fault was that?
    I would say it was that of some of the so-called prophets, who themselves wanted a divine butt-kicking of their enemies.
    I would say that they got the message wrong, and it carried on unchecked for a thousand years, and over that time the desire hardened from speculation into certainty. But wanting something to be true doesn’t make it true.

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  2. christinewjc Says:

    GM wrote:

    “Thing is, 2000 years of Christianity hasn’t altered the mix at all; it’s only helped to perpetuate it.”

    GM, you have shared with me in the past that you were once a Christian, and now you are not. Let me ask you, how do you resolve the struggles you have with allowing Jesus to be the King of your life?

    Some suggestions.

    Listen to the actual message from Jesus instead of creating your own.

    Determine to listen and follow wholeheartedly. (Matthew 21:1-2)

    Recognize Jesus for who He really is. (Matthew 21:4-5)

    Examine your expectations of Christ, His Church, and “‘your” Christianity. What expectations do you have of Jesus? The church? His people?

    Now, the next few are difficult.

    Be willing to obey even if it does not make sense. (Matthew 21:6)

    Submit to His plans for your life (Matthew 21:7). This means a voluntarily act on your part to submit unto the command and commission of Jesus.

    Don’t put Jesus into the box you have crafted. (Matthew 21:8)

    Furthermore:

    The message of the cross is transformational. Jesus invites – He doesn’t make us follow Him. Because you have free will and Christ will never force anyone to follow Him, be aware of how you may not “get it.” (Matthew 21:9)

    GM wrote:

    “Jesus knew of that prophecy, just like every other Jew. It was no difficulty for him to ‘fulfill’ it by acquiring someone else’s livestock and using them as he did.”

    Well, the odds of one Person fulfilling 300 prophecies is astronomical. For several prophecies fulfilled by Jesus Christ, see Isaiah 53.

    GM wrote:

    “So, if he didn’t meet the Jews’ notion of a messiah, whose fault was that?
    I would say it was that of some of the so-called prophets, who themselves wanted a divine butt-kicking of their enemies.
    I would say that they got the message wrong, and it carried on unchecked for a thousand years, and over that time the desire hardened from speculation into certainty.”

    In your own way, you have described why the Jews wanted Jesus to save them (in a way that they expected him to – through conquest of their enemies) and why they ended up rejecting Him just 6 days later.

    The palm branch was a symbol of Jewish national pride. Putting them down as Jesus rode by on the donkey showed that they were surrendering to Him. Hosanna means, “save us.”

    But many of the Jewish sects (Pharisees, Sadducees etc.) found that Jesus didn’t fulfill their expectations. They knew their Messiah was coming, but He came on a beast of burden (not on a white horse as conqueror…yet!) because he was taking on the burden of all man’s sins.

    If you think about it, the Jews should have recognized Jesus as their Messiah; especially because of prophecies written about Him in Isaiah 53 and the Psalms.

    For example. It was customary to break the leg bones of crucified men to bring death to them sooner. But Jesus’ were not broken. This was prophesied in Psalm 34:20

    Psa 34:20

    He guards all his bones;
    Not one of them is broken.

    Psa 34:21

    Evil shall slay the wicked,
    And those who hate the righteous shall be condemned.

    Psa 34:22

    The LORD redeems the soul of His servants,
    And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.

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    • GMpilot Says:

      CJW: GM, you have shared with me in the past that you were once a Christian, and now you are not. Let me ask you, how do you resolve the struggles you have with allowing Jesus to be the King of your life?
      Well, I once thought was a Christian. As you assure me, now I am not. Let me reply by asking you: what struggles do I lack by not having Jesus as King of my life?

      Some suggestions.
      Listen to the actual message from Jesus instead of creating your own.
      Determine to listen and follow wholeheartedly. (Matthew 21:1-2)

      Even when he tells you to steal? The text says nothing about paying for the livestock; Jesus simply said to untie them and bring them back, and told the disciples to use his authority to justify this. I know, I know; you don’t want to call it theft. That’s why I said he ‘acquired’ them.
      Recognize Jesus for who He really is. (Matthew 21:4-5)
      Jews recognize Jesus as a prophet and teacher. You (and two billion other people) recognize him as the Savior of mankind. Five billion other people (including me) don’t. Everyone acknowledges the Sun is the Sun, or a dog is a dog, but such consensus does not exist when it comes to gods. Why is that? Maybe because no one’s ever actually seen one.

      Examine your expectations of Christ, His Church, and “‘your” Christianity. What expectations do you have of Jesus? The church? His people?
      None, none, and none. I have no expectations of Christ—if I did, I’d still be a believer. It follows, therefore, that I can have no expectations of the Church that claims that name. I don’t believe, nor do I pretend to, so I did the right thing and said so. Christianity is not “mine” to claim any more.
      Now, the next few are difficult.
      Be willing to obey even if it does not make sense. (Matthew 21:6)

      As former military, I see the value of this. But I assume my commanding officer will not willingly waste my life. (See below.)
      Submit to His plans for your life (Matthew 21:7). This means a voluntarily act on your part to submit unto the command and commission of Jesus.
      When believers start talking like this, I think about that little girl who was killed at Congresswoman Giffords’ shooting a few years back. To die from a bullet at the age of nine: obviously this was Jesus’ Plan for her life. It was his command.. He commissioned that. Mind telling me again about his goodness, justice, and mercy?
      Don’t put Jesus into the box you have crafted. (Matthew 21:8)
      I didn’t build that box, Christine; it was built long before I was born, passed through hundreds of generations. It was handed to me and I was told about all the treasures beyond imagining that were inside…but I was warned “Don’t Open The Box.” But I peeked…and found I’d been misled.

      The message of the cross is transformational. Jesus invites – He doesn’t make us follow Him. Because you have free will and Christ will never force anyone to follow Him, be aware of how you may not “get it.” (Matthew 21:9)
      But some ugly things could happen to you if you don’t follow, right? (Matthew 21:43~44) Oh, I “get it”.

      Well, the odds of one Person fulfilling 300 prophecies is astronomical. For several prophecies fulfilled by Jesus Christ, see Isaiah 53.
      Then point me to all 300, please, and let me see them for myself. If you can’t, don’t say such things.
      As I read it, the suffering ‘servant’ is not Jesus—who is never mentioned by name—but Israel itself. There’s also that disturbing line in verse 10: ”Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief:”
      This is the commanding officer who would throw away my life on a whim. This how that God treats his friends. And you believe I should worship this guy?

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  3. GMpilot Says:

    I never finished, did I? Sorry, I’ll correct that now.

    In your own way, you have described why the Jews wanted Jesus to save them (in a way that they expected him to – through conquest of their enemies) and why they ended up rejecting Him just 6 days later.
    Who was it that railroaded Jesus onto that cross? The Sanhedrin. The professional interpreters of God’s law. They probably saw themselves as intercessors between the people and the Roman administrators. They didn’t like what they were hearing about this guy. They were the ones who kept trying to trip him up. They were the ones who whispered in Pilate’s ear about treason and impending rebellion against Rome.
    Then, as now, when religion and government conspire, no one is safe. Not even, it seems, the Son of God.

    For example. It was customary to break the leg bones of crucified men to bring death to them sooner. But Jesus’ were not broken.
    Why should they have been? Jesus was being executed as a criminal, a traitor; there would have been no point in hastening his death. He could die of exposure, or suffocation, or shock. But he was meant to die, and in a very slow, agonizing manner. (Or perhaps not.) As a condemned man, Jesus was entitled to no special privileges, and the wonder is that his body wasn’t burned outside the city walls like any other criminal.

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  4. GMpilot Says:

    That’s right, begin reciting your juju when you have no answers. It’s easier than thinking.
    Could you at least point me to those 300 fulfilled prophecies before you go?

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  5. GMpilot Says:

    Thank you.

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