palm_10461Palm Sunday Meditation

Let us take a moment and review all of what Jesus did from his entry into Jerusalem until his crucifixion.  How do we get from waving palm branches to the cruel cross of Calvary?

Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey to shouts of Hosanna to the Son of David!

Jesus cleansed the temple of money changers and those selling animals.

Jesus heals the blind and lame at the temple.

Jesus spends the night in Bethany.

Jesus curses the fig tree on His way into Jerusalem the next day.

At the temple the chief priest and elders question Jesus authority.

Jesus teaches at the temple against the Jewish leaders.

He tells:

The parable of the two sons.

The parable of the tenants in the vineyard.

The parable of the wedding feast.

The Pharisees challenge Jesus about paying taxes to Caesar.

The Sadducees ask about the Resurrection.

Jesus teaches the Pharisees and Sadducees the greatest commandment.

Matthew 22:37-40 (ESV) 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” [1]

The Pharisees question Jesus as to how he can be the son of David.

Jesus proclaims seven woes against the Scribes and Pharisees

Jesus laments over Jerusalem and how he wanted to gather “your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings.”

As He leaves the temple Jesus predicts the destruction of the temple.

Sitting on the Mount of Olives Jesus teaches His disciples about the end times.

He teaches:

The lesson of the fig tree.

No one knows the day or hour.

The parable of the Ten Virgins

The parable of the Talents

The sheep and the goats

Jesus predicts again he will be crucified.

The chief priests and the elders meet to plot how to kill Jesus.

Jesus is anointed at Bethany

Judas goes to the chief priest to agree to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.

Jesus celebrates the Passover with His disciples

Jesus institutes the Lord’s Supper

Jesus foretells Peter’s denial

Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane with the disciples.

Jesus is betrayed by Judas with a kiss.

Jesus is arrested.

Jesus is tried before Caiaphas

Peter denies Jesus

Jesus is taken to Pilate

Judas returns the money and hangs himself.

Jesus is tried by Pilate

The crowd chooses Barabbas

Jesus is delivered to be crucified

Jesus is mocked

Jesus is crucified

Jesus dies.


[1]  The Holy Bible : English Standard Version. Wheaton : Standard Bible Society, 2001


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