Sunday Bible Study: Palm Sunday (Matthew 26 & 27)
Updated: Apr 7
This week we explore the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, followed by the Passion story of His arrest and crucifixion. The story we read in Scripture for Palm Sunday can be filled tension, mixed emotions, and confusion. After all, Jesus enters the holy city of Jerusalem to great shouts of enthusiasm, but just a few days later is arrested and crucified. We will explore these two very different scenes and examine how the crowd's emotions seemed to turn so suddenly.
Our Scripture passage in Matthew's Gospel account may be found by following the provided link: (Matthew 26:14-27:66).
For continuing study on your own, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below): An important verse of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem is Matthew 21:10: "When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, 'Who is this?'" - how did this "turmoil" lend itself to the turning of Jesus' life just a few days later? Judas Iscariot betrays Jesus to the religious authorities - what might Judas' motivation have been to cause him to betray his friend and teacher? How might Jesus' fate been different if his entry into the holy city of Jerusalem hadn't occurred during the already busy time of the week of Passover? What role does Pilate and the authorities of the Roman Empire play, as compared to the Jewish authorities or the crowds?
Below you will find the study guide for your own review and reflection: