The events framed by Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and his resurrection are some of the most dramatic and theologically important of the entire Scriptural narrative. These days not only feature the drama of the triumphal entry, trial, last supper, and crucifixion but also poignant prayers and prophetic teachings of our Lord. The week begins with Palm Sunday and ends with the “three days”, the period during which we mark Jesus’ trial, death, and resurrection.
The first Sunday of Holy Week is commonly called Palm Sunday. On this day, we focus on the entry of Christ into Jerusalem to shouts of “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Mark 11:9). The irony of this day is this: Jesus enters into Jerusalem as the triumphal king but will be leave on a cross. The crowds start with crying out “Hosanna!” but quickly turn to “crucify him!” Even so, Easter is approaching!