Call it Palm Sunday, but it happened on a Monday. That was the day the Lamb of God entered Jerusalem and was received as their King. Counting days back from the Lord’s Passover reveals a church tradition.
“Therefore, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.” (John 12:1 NASB)
“On the next day, when the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began shouting, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, indeed, the King of Israel!’ Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: ‘Do not fear, daughter of Zion; behold, your King is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.'” (John 12:12-15 NASB)
Last Few Days
“Then they brought Him to the place Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull.” (Mark 15:22 NASB) “Now it was the third hour when they crucified Him.” (Mark 15:25 NASB) “When the sixth hour came, darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour. At the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabaktanei?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?'” (Mark 15:33-34 NASB)
When evening had already come, since it was the preparation day, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea came, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself also waiting for the kingdom of God; and he gathered up courage and went in before Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus.’ (Mark 15:42-43 NASB)
Saturday the Sabbath
The day of rest, but here I am juggling days of the week. Well it is for the sake of truth. Unless I’m convinced otherwise Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem is celebrated on Sunday for the sake of convivence. Does it matter? Only if you’re like me. I have to search the Scriptures to know what is true.
‘Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, indeed, the King of Israel!’