Passion Week – Palm Sunday

Four days before the Passover Feast, Sunday Nisan the 10th.  Jesus was approaching Jerusalem. The previous days He had been in Bethany, eating dinner with Lazarus, Martha, and Mary at the home of Simon the Leper. It was then that Mary had taken costly perfume and anointed the feet of Jesus, wiping His feet with her hair.
He sent a couple of His disciples on ahead to find a colt tied up and bring it to Him to ride. Many Jews were in Jerusalem for the Passover, and when they heard Jesus was coming, they took palm branches and laid them in the street before Him, and shouted “Hosanna!”  This was Palm Sunday, the 10th day of Nisan (the first month of the Jewish year). The whole household of Israel chose for themselves an unblemished male lamb for sacrifice on Passover on this day.
Mt.21, Mk.11, Lk.19, Jn.12
Exodus 12:3-5 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a lamb for themselves, according to their fathers’ households, a lamb for each household… Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats.
John 12:12-13 On the next day the large crowd who had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel.”
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