Palm Sunday: Why Did Crowd Wave Palm Branches For Jesus' Triumphal Entry?

It was a monumental event for Jerusalem, covered in all four Gospels, as Jesus rode into the city on the day that we now celebrate as Palm Sunday. He came riding in on a young donkey, fulfilling the Old Testament prophecies that the people present shouted as they waved tree branches and laid them down like a path in front of him. Matthew 21 notes that a "very great multitude" participated in the event and "all the city was moved" by it.

Palm_Sunday.jpg

In John 12, the author noted that the tree branches were palm fronds. What is the significant of using palm branches?

AmazingBibleTimeline.com notes that it's not certain, but there are a few possible explanations:

1. Creating a path of branches to welcome home a returning king or war hero was common practice.
2. In Roman customs, it was common to honor military and athletic champions with palm branches.
3. It may have been a reference to the Festival of the Booths in Leviticus 23:40-43 where the children of Israel were commanded to rejoice before the Lord with the branches of palms and other leafy trees.

Whatever the true explanation, the multitudes rejoiced Jesus for the King He truly was. Yet they didn't truly understand His mission at that time. In Luke 19:41-44 we see Jesus weeping over Jerusalem and the difficult things that were to come.

Egypt Launches Massive Retaliation Strike After Christians Were Murdered
/egypt_launches_massive_retaliation_strike_after_christians_were_murdered
Trump Just Stood up for Christians in a Big Way, Sends Message to World
/trump_just_stood_up_for_christians_in_a_big_way_sends_message_to_world
Gunmen Open Fire on Coptic Christians in Cairo
/gunmen_open_fire_on_coptic_christians_in_cairo
Christian School Under Fire For Banning Student From Graduation Ceremony After Her Life Changing Event
/christian_school_under_fire_for_banning_pregnant_teen_from_graduation_ceremony
TD Jakes Shares Powerful Message About Hope In World Of Terrorism
/td_jakes_shares_powerful_message_about_hope_in_world_of_terrorism
Franklin Graham Tells Islamic Extremists What Will Happen To Them When They Die
/franklin_graham_tells_islamic_extremists_what_will_happen_to_them_when_they_die
Ivanka Trump Criticized for Proudly Sharing Her Faith
/ivanka_trump_criticized_for_proudly_sharing_her_faith
Looking for Help? Here’s some tips on How to Truly Love Your Spouse
/looking_for_help_here_s_some_tips_on_how_to_truly_love_your_spouse
5 Keys to Raising Children to Have a Loving Faith in Jesus
/5_keys_to_raising_children_to_have_a_loving_faith_in_jesus
Counting On! Sneak Peak Released...Look What it Reveals
/counting_on_sneak_peak_released_look_what_it_reveals