Palm Sunday is an important day in the Christian calendar. It marks the first day of Holy Week, which is a time when Christians commemorate Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the events that took place during the last week of his life, including Jesus’ death on Good Friday and resurrection from the dead on Easter Sunday.
Throughout Scripture, we see many passages in both the Old and New Testament of the Bible that speak of Palm Sunday and its significance as part of God’s plan for salvation. This Palm Sunday, we encourage you to use the Bible passages below to help you reflect and draw near to Jesus during the Easter season.
The Coming King of Zion
9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[b]
10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:
15 “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;
see, your king is coming,
seated on a donkey’s colt.”[c]
16 His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him.
17 The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness.
18 The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign.
19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.”
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35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”[a]
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
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REFLECTING ON BIBLE PASSAGES
These Scripture passages bring us back to that fateful day when Jesus entered Jerusalem amid shouts of praise from the crowds. Palm Sunday marks a triumphant moment before Christ's death on a Roman cross and ultimately, his triumph over death through his resurrection. In many ways, Palm Sunday symbolizes hope for us all—God came to Earth as our Heavenly King to bring us the hope that His goodness ultimately triumphs over evil.
One way we can show our appreciation for Jesus during Holy Week is by gathering together with fellow believers to worship Him. We can also read Scripture passages, such as those above, out loud to memorize them and reflect on God's love. No matter how we choose to celebrate Palm Sunday this year, let us all take comfort knowing that Jesus has already triumphed through His grace and mercy.
To keep learning and reflecting on Palm Sunday, check out the below additional content from Liquid Church:
- EASTER SERVICES: All are welcome to celebrate Easter at Liquid Church. We have 3 ways to worship, with options online, in-person and kids programming. Visit LiquidChurch.com/Easter for all the details.
- ARTICLE: Learn more about the significance of Palm Sunday to Holy Week in the article “The Week That Changed The World”, available on The Liquid Blog here.
- MESSAGE: For the entire message from Part 1 of Liquid Church's "PASSION" Series, "Jesus enters Jerusalem," click here. This message is all about what happened on Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week.