Palm Sunday is the day we celebrate the “Triumphal Entry” of Christ into the city of Jerusalem. We get the term “Triumphal Entry” from the practice of the “Roman Triumph.” When a general came back to Rome after a great military victory, he was given a parade in which he would ride a golden chariot into the city with his army and his chained captives following him. In order to merit a Triumph, the general and his army would have had to have killed or enslaved at least 5,000 enemy combatants.
The Roman soldiers probably laughed when they saw Jesus coming into Jerusalem in His triumph, riding on a donkey, without an army, and without any captives. And then when He was hung on a cross, I’m sure some of them thought, “Some triumph that was.” But if they had been there at Pentecost forty days later they would have seen 3,000 souls captured and just a few days later in the temple, another 5,000 souls. And there have been millions, if not billions, of souls captured for His Kingdom since. No, the “Triumphal Entry” of Jesus Christ on Palm Sunday didn’t have the fanfare of the “Roman Triumph,” but it was infinitely more important and glorious!!!