April 14


Passover and Palm Sunday

By Tresta Neil

Called to Learn, Easter, פֶּסַח (Passover)

Symbols of Easter and the Resurrection

“At the Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the multitudes cried “Hosanna” and spread palm branches for Jesus to ride upon [as if on a red, or in this case green, carpet], thus

demonstrating their understanding that Jesus was the same Lord who had delivered Israel anciently (Ps. 118:25–26; Matt. 21:9, 15; Mark 11:9–10; John 12:13). These people recognized Christ as the long-awaited Messiah.” (see the Guide to the Scriptures)

Hosanna is a Hebrew word meaning, “please save us” and is used in praise and supplication. The Israelites anticipated Jesus saving them from the Romans.

Palm fronds were used to make baskets to gather and hunt for good things or things of God. It was a sacrifice on their part to cast them at Christ feet. Yet, because of their conviction they gladly sacrificed them.

The palm leaf and the word Hosanna are symbols of Easter and the Resurrection. The Nephites used Hosanna in celebration of the Messiah  (1 Ne. 11:6; 3 Ne. 11:14–17). The Hosanna shout was included in the dedication of the Kirtland Temple (D&C 109:79) and is now a part of the dedication of each modern temple.

Palm Sunday was the day Jesus was accepted in Jerusalem (the city of the temple), the same day that the lamb for passover was chosen and brought into Israelite homes to become their family’s choice pet until the Passover meal. — Just as the beloved Lamb of God entered the city so the innocent lamb of the passover entered each home.

  • Read John 12:12-19 about Jesus’ Triumphal Entry
  • When have you used the word Hosanna?
  • What sacrifice have you given up to show Christ you belief he is the Messiah?
  • How do you celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ?
  • When have you lost something you loved?

Each Day leading up to Passover (April 20, 2019), we will share a video or two were are some you’re going to love, or not. Watch them anyway, they are fun and bring the spirit of celebration. ~Thom

After all the videos I’ve watched (probably 30+), this is still my favorite with “Les Misérable Passover” by the Maccabeats a very close second.

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  • Thanks for your studies and for sharing.
    When I was in high school, many years ago, Brother George Pace was my seminary teacher. It was his first year. He was asked to teach barely before the year started and he was preparing day by day. Easter week he taught us, using Jim Bishop’s The Day Christ Died. That had such an impact on my life. I love this week and am looking forward to your shares.

  • Thank you for sharing these! I njoyed sharing them with my children. I love learning more about the traditions and symbolisms in the Passover and Easter Week.

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