Symbolism of Palm Sunday

by mikonmark on March 28, 2010

The Sunday before Easter begins the Christian Holy Week. This day is Palm Sunday.

The symbolism of Jesus riding a donkey and while his followers laid palm branches  before his path is a fulfillment of a prophecy by the prophet Zechariah (Zechariah 9:9). It was a regional custom called for kings and nobles arriving in procession to ride on the back of a donkey. The donkey was a symbol of peace; thus, Jesus was proclaiming his peaceful intentions. The laying of palm branches was also a customary representation of royalty arriving in victory or triumph.

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