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In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen.

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Palm Sunday

Today’s lesson is about Palm Sunday , referring to the glorious entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. The Sunday before the Holy week, or Passion Week is known as Palm Sunday or Hosanna.

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Memory Verse

“ Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord ” John 12:13 References: Matthew 21:1-11 Luke 19:28-40 John 12:12-18

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Palm Sunday…

On Palm Sunday, Jesus Christ our Lord came to Jerusalem just before a Jews holiday, called "Passover". The Israelites had a tradition of rejoicing with palm leaves. Lev. 23:40 The people who were in Jerusalem heard about how Jesus Christ raised a man called Lazarus from the dead and many people came to see Him.

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Palm Sunday…

Before He came into Jerusalem, He sent two of his disciples saying, " Go to the village... and you shall find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them, and bring them unto me. And if any man asks you ... you shall say to them the Lord has need of them. "

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Palm Sunday…

The two disciples went and got the donkey and the Colt. And when the owner asked them where they are taking them, they told him that the Lord needs them. So, the man let them take both. Jesus entered Jerusalem sitting on the colt, a young donkey.

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Palm Sunday…

When He came, the people met Him with branches of palm trees, and laid down their clothes and the branches they had for him on the ground. Palm leaves were a symbol of glory and honour in the Old Testament.

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Hosanna…

There were also many children among the people. The children sang, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel who comes in the name of the Lord .

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Hundreds of years before this day, the Prophets prophesied about the Lord’s glorious entry into Jerusalem. King David, prophesied about children’s receiving God singing, “ From the lips of children and nursing infants You have ordained praise." Psalm 8:2, Matt 21:16

Hosanna…

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The prophets, Isaiah and Zachariah, prophesied about the glorious entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem: " Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion, behold your King comes to you, He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding upon a donkey, and upon a colt, the foal of a donkey. "

Hosanna…

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The reason why he chose both the donkey and the colt was that the donkey is a symbol of the Old Covenant, and the colt is a symbol of the New Covenant. He fulfilled the promise of the Old Covenant and gave us a new hope of eternal salvation in the New Covenant. The donkey is also a symbol of the Israelites, who were living according to the Law of the Old covenant, while the colt is a symbol of the gentiles, who were not used to any law. The Lord Jesus Christ came riding on a donkey and on a colt symbolizing that He came not just only for the Israelites, but also for the gentiles.

Hosanna…

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Hosanna…

He chose a donkey among all the animals because in the old times kings and higher officials ride a horse or travel in chariots of horses. Jesus did not come like a king in splendor and pride, but humbly sitting on a donkey. It is this display of humbleness the prophet Zechariah spoke of when he said, “... behold your king is coming, lowly…” In the old times, people would ride on a donkey in times of peace, but on horses and chariots of horses in times of war. Proclaiming that He comes to bring peace.

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Hosanna…

The Pharisees, who were chief priests of the Jews, were jealous when they heard the crowd praising Jesus. They said to Jesus, " Teacher, why don't you tell these people to stop praising you as if you were God?" The Pharisees thought that Jesus was getting too much attention from the people.  They wanted to be the most important, but everyone was listening to Jesus instead.

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Hosanna…

Jesus replied, " If they were quiet now, even the stones would cry out!". Even the stones knew that He was God; after all, because he created them.

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Conclusion

Jesus Christ’s humble entry into Jerusalem is a reminder of humility not pride It is also the reminder of a great love that drew Him from His heavenly throne and made Him willingly suffer and die for us He entered into Jerusalem to be afflicted, crucified and die for us, so that we enter into the eternal heavenly Jerusalem where there is no suffering, affliction or death.

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PALM SUNDAY

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The people and all the children celebrated the entrance of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem with joy and happiness. We should also be joyous and happy on Palm’s Sunday and bring our palm leaves to celebrate in the church. We should not let pride and jealousy cover our eyes and minds from knowing and accepting Jesus Christ just like the Pharisees.

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Conclusion…

The people and all the children celebrated the entrance of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem with joy and happiness. We should also be joyous and happy on Palm’s Sunday and bring our palm leaves to celebrate in the church. We should not let pride and jealousy cover our eyes and minds from knowing and accepting Jesus Christ just like the Pharisees.

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Questions

How did Jesus Christ come into Jerusalem? How did people receive Him? Why did many people come out to see Jesus Christ when he came to Jerusalem? What did the children sing when they received Jesus Christ? What is the symbolism of Palm leaves? Why were the chief priests jealous of Jesus Christ? What did they do as a result of their jealousy?

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References

Bole Debre Salem Medhanealem Church: Sunday school program (https:// www.zeorthodox.org /lesson/ english /SundaySchoolLessons%20Level%20IV%20Rev.pdf) Ledeta Mariam Sunday school, Alexandria Virgina

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M ay God give us the sprit, wisdom and faith to learn about his commandments and obey Him. Praise onto be the Lord God, Amen.

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