What They Are Saying About Palm Sunday

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Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you; righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

–Zechariah 9:9

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But Palm Sunday tells us that it is the cross that is the true tree of life.

–Pope Benedict XVI

No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.

–William Penn

“Ride on, ride on in majesty
In lowly pomp ride on to die;
O Christ, thy triumphs now begin
O’er captive death and conquered sin”

–Henry Hart Milman

As far as I know, there is only one good reason for believing that he was who he said he was. One of the crooks he was strung up with put it this way: ‘If you are the Christ, save yourself and us’ (Luke 23:39). Save us from whatever we need most to be saved from. Save us from each other. Save us from ourselves. Save us from death both beyond the grave and before. If he is, he can. If he isn’t, he can’t. It may be that the only way in the world to find out is to give him the chance, whatever that involves. It may be just as simple and just as complicated as that.”

–Fredrick Buechner

When Christ entered into Jerusalem the people spread garments in the way: when He enters into our hearts, we pull off our own righteousness, and not only lay it under Christ’s feet but even trample upon it ourselves.

–Augustus Toplady


Want to read more about Palm Sunday?

Read “Palm Sunday: A Collect Reflection,” a reflection on the Collect for Palm Sunday, written by Joshua Steele.

Published on

March 16, 2016

Author

David Roseberry

David Roseberry leads the nonprofit ministry, LeaderWorks. He was the founding rector of Christ Church, Plano, Texas, and is the author of many books. He lives in Plano with his wife, Fran.

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