This was my post last year for Palm Sunday, but I think it still speaks


Today is Palm Sunday. This is the day that marks Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem as its King. The name comes from the branches that people cut down and laid down or waved as Jesus came into the city, which is noted in Matthew and Mark, and from the fact that “Coat/Cloak Sunday” just didn’t have the same ring to it. This caused me to wonder, when I was younger, why did they cut down branches? Was that just what they did? For a long time afterward, I just accepted that this was clearly some sign of honor, but it was only a few years ago when someone pointed out to me the connection with the Maccabean Revolt.

If you are unaware of the Maccabean Revolt, or even if you are, let me give a brief overview (hey it’s always good to review). This historical event is important for understanding…

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