Palm Sunday is celebrated every year by Christian faithful all over the world. It marks the trumpet entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem before he was prosecuted and crucified on the cross dying for the sinful mankind. It is celebrated prior to Easter.
Bishop of the Anglican church, diocese of Bungoma George Mechumo, took time to give clear explanation on what is the meaning of Palm Sunday to the Christians in details.
In his introduction he said “Rejoice, 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.” quoting the scriptures in Zechariah 9:9.
Why He come
“God made a choice to enter our world. He chose certain time and place to enter humanity. He chose to limit Himself by becoming a helpless child. Think of being able to choose when, where and to whom you would be born. God came into the world to make Himself known to all. God wanted to show His love for us.” Explained Mechumo.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Jesus chose to become a limited person so He could relate His love to us. It can be hard for us to understand this.
Why on a donkey
“On Palm Sunday Jesus came to Jerusalem. While Jesus was living on Earth, it was tradition for rulers to have parades to show off their royalty. But Jesus came on a lowly donkey, not very fancy or grand. He publicly announced Himself as king to the people of His day while sitting on a donkey.” Said the bishop.
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble and mounted on a donkey, even a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zechariah 9:9).
In His great presentation, Jesus followed all that was written about Him in the Old Testament. “For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the Law, until all is accomplished” (Matthew 5:18)
“The meaning of Palm Sunday was to show us who He is.” Explained Mechumo.
How can we ever truly know what God has done for us? He entered the world as a lowly child, a humble servant, a just king, a complete sacrifice, and a perfect brother.
He has perfectly made Himself known in His actions, His words, His presence, His love and His forgiveness.
He is perfect. “…in these last days God has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.” (Hebrews 1:2-3).
This tells us that Jesus is perfectly showing us who God is. This is the meaning of Palm Sunday.