Sunday, April 1, 2012


Almighty God, on this day, your son Jesus Christ entered the holy city of Jerusalem and was proclaimed King by those who spread garments and palm branches along his way. Let those branches be for us signs of his victory, and grant that we who bear them in his name may ever hail him as our Lord, and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life. In his name we pray. Amen.

Matthew 21:1-11

New International Version (NIV)

Matthew 21

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

 1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

 5 “Say to Daughter Zion, 
   ‘See, your king comes to you, 
gentle and riding on a donkey, 
   and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”[a]

 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on.8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

   “Hosanna[b] to the Son of David!”

   “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[c]

   “Hosanna[d] in the highest heaven!”

 10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

 11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”


a. Matthew 21:5 Zech. 9:9

b. Matthew 21:9 A Hebrew expression meaning “Save!” which became an exclamation of praise; also in verse 15

  1. Matthew 21:9 Psalm 118:25, 26

dMatthew 21:9 A Hebrew expression meaning “Save!” which became an exclamation of praise; also in verse 15

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