I love Palm Sunday. It is a wonderful time of the year. The events following Palm Sunday were of a crisis nature. But all the darkness of Good Friday was necessary — if we were to experience the joy and good news of the Resurrection!
On that first Palm Sunday, Jesus rode into Jerusalem with a dual person. The open and obvious purpose was to celebrate the Passover with his disciples. In those days, as many as 250,000 lambs were sacrificed by the many Jews who came to Jerusalem for the Passover. The Passover had been established in Egypt, when God promised the Hebrew people that the death angel would “pass over” their house when he saw the blood — the blood of the Passover lamb.
The second and primary purpose Jesus rode into Jerusalem was to become the perfect and final Passover Lamb, by dying on the Cross for our sins. It was John the Baptist who had declared, when he first saw Jesus, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” Jesus rode into Jerusalem, knowing that the Cross awaited Him. He was to die for us, and shed His incorruptible blood, as our Savior. That was his primary purpose in riding the donkey into Jerusalem that first Palm Sunday.