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Palm Sunday celebrates the day Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Test your knowledge of that day's events, recorded in all four Gospels, with these true or false statements.
  1. According to the Gospels, the people waved palm branches when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
  2. The date of Jesus' triumphal entry—five days before Passover—was a special holiday in his time.
  3. By their actions, the people were publicly proclaiming Jesus as the Messiah.
  4. The fact that Jesus rode a donkey portrayed him as a warrior king.
  5. The shouts of "Hosanna!" meant "Praise the Lord!"
  6. The route Jesus chose for his triumphal entry was down the side of Mount Zion.
  7. When the people spread branches and garments in Jesus' path it was to pay him honor.
  8. The shouts of "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord" were words of a Jewish hymn.
  1. False (Matt. 21:6, Mark 11:8, Luke 19:36, John 12:13). None of the four Gospels say the people "waved" branches but that they spread garments and branches in Jesus' path. Only John mentions palm branches, a tree not native to Jerusalem.
  2. True. It wasn't called Palm Sunday in Jesus' day, but each Israelite family chose the lamb they would sacrifice for Passover on the tenth day of the month. As the people shouted "Hosanna," they didn't realize they were choosing the Lamb of God as their sacrifice.
  3. True. When Solomon was anointed king, he rode into the city on a mule, to the shouts and praises of the people (1 Kings 1:43-45). Zechariah prophesied the Messiah would arrive the same way "gentle and riding on a donkey" (Zech. 9:9).
  4. False. Conquering kings would ride war horses; the donkey symbolized peace and humility (Zech. 9:9, 10). Jesus' entry was a stark contrast to the war-like Romans, whose military presence was very visible.
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