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Entry Into Jerusalem

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The Feast Day of the Entry Into Jerusalem occurs The Sunday before Pascha, the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ. The event leading up to the Entry into Jerusalem occurred one day earlier when Jesus came to Bethany to raise his close friend Lazarus from the dead. From John 12 :1, “Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the village of Lazarus whom Jesus had raised from the Dead.” The raising of Lazarus from the dead transformed what might have been a humble procession into the great event marking the true triumphance of Christ the Conqueror. Many of Christ’s followers as well as others who wanted to witness first hand Lazarus’s return from the dead came to Bethany to verify this amazing miracle. News of this miracle spread rapidly throughout the region and into Jerusalem. From John 12:9, “The great crowd of Jews discovered he was there and came out, not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.” From John 12:12 - 13, “The next day the great crowd that had come for the feast heard that Jesus was to enter Jerusalem so they got palm branches and came out to meet him.” Jesus called two of His apostles and told them to go to a nearby village where they would find an ass tied to a post and told them to bring the ass to Him. He mounted the ass, rode through the Mount of Olives, passed through the Jerusalem gate and entered the city. From Matt. 21:7-8, “they brought the ass and the colt and laid their cloaks on them and he mounted. The groups proceeding him as well as those following kept crying out: “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”” Even though Christ was knowingly leading himself to His passion and ultimate death this procession was a festive occasion. Iconography depicts the triumphal nature of Christ’s procession into Jerusalem by incorporating a pallet of bright colors such as green, red and blue along with the use of powerful symbols of festivity, honor and valor. Historically the Jews welcomed figures of high rank by waving palm leaves. Palms also served as symbols of valor given as rewards to conquerors, as referenced in the Old Testament. Another powerful symbol depicted in the iconography of The Entry into Jerusalem is the spreading out garments along the path of the honored figure, an act that was reserved only for kings. From 2 Kings 9:13, “At once each took his garment, spread it under Jehu on the bare steps, blew the trumpet, and cried out, ‘Jehu is king!’ ”. Therefore Christ enters into Jerusalem as The King of

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