Palm Sunday is celebrated the week before Easter to remember the day that Jesus entered into Jerusalem, the city of his ancestor King David.
As you read this story, pay attention to the way the people greet Jesus and welcome him into the city.
Jesus travelled toward Jerusalem with his disciples. He sent two of them ahead of him to the village of Bethany to fetch a donkey for him. The disciples went and did as he told them.
The disciples put their cloaks over the donkey and Jesus rode it towards the city. A large crowd of people were gathered there to greet him. They took off their cloaks and laid them on the road. Others cut off branches from the palm trees nearby and spread them along the road.
Jesus rode along the cloaks and palms as the people sang:
“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”
The people were amazed as they watched him ride along the road.
“Who is this?” some of them asked.
Others explained, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Palm Sunday Story Reflection Questions
- Even though Jesus wasn’t a king with an earthly kingdom, how did the people in Jerusalem show that they saw him as a king?
- What are some of the things you do “in the name of the Lord”? In other words, what do you do for others on behalf of God?
- If someone asked you who Jesus is, how would you respond?