The Events Leading Up To Jesus' Resurrection!
As Christians we refer to the eight days running from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday as Passion Week or Holy Week. While the world would celebrate the Easter Bunny, we observe, as a time of devotion, the Passion of Jesus Christ commemorating the events on the day of the week on which they occured. These events would change the world! Jesus Christ, would change the world!
Jesus rides a donkey into Jerusalem and is hailed as Messiah-King.
The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!" And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt!" His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. So the Pharisees said to one another, "You see that you are gaining, nothing, Look the world has gone after him." (John 12: 12-19)
Jesus deliberately planned to present himself to the nation in this manner as a conscious fulfillment of the messianic prophecy of Zechariah 9:9; Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Isaiah 40:9 says, "fear not". Jesus would fulfill both prophecies. Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news, lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, Behold your God! Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; belold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms...(Isaiah 40:9-11)