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Updated: 04/10/2014 08:00:02AM

Why Palm Sunday became a time for tears

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P assover was near and thousands were gathering at Jerusalem for this important occasion. Jesus and His disciples were among them and, as they descended from the Mount of Olives, the crowd broke into shouts of praise, crying: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!”

This enthusiastic welcome must have taken the disciples by surprise. On a previous visit to Jerusalem, there had been an attempt on their Lord’s life; now He was being welcomed warmly with His arrival being called the fulfillment of Zechariah’s ancient prophecy: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold your King is coming to you. He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9).

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