25 Bible Verses for Palm Sunday

25 Bible Verses for Palm Sunday (With Commentary)

Palm Sunday is a special day. It celebrates Jesus’s big entry into Jerusalem. This event is important in the Bible. We share verses to help you get more from Palm Sunday. Feel its true meaning.

Prophecies of the Messiah

An oil painting depicting the biblical prophecy of the Messiah’s arrival, with a serene king on a donkey, signifying the advent of peace.

Prophets in the Old Testament predicted Jesus’s arrival. Zechariah said a king would come on a donkey, bringing peace. This came true on Palm Sunday. Also, Daniel forecasted the Messiah’s timing to Jerusalem nearly 550 years before it happened.

These predictions prove Jesus was the promised Savior.

One afternoon, I discovered how ancient texts foretold Jesus’s story accurately. Genesis mentioned leadership would stay with Judah until Shiloh arrived, signaling Jesus as that leader.

Micah named Bethlehem as the birthplace of someone eternal from long ago. Matching these prophecies with New Testament events shows God’s plan unfolding perfectly. It confirms Jesus was the King bringing hope and salvation.

Zechariah 9:9

"Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey."

Zechariah 9:9 talks about a peaceful king on a donkey. This king is Jesus. He’s not like others who show off with horses and chariots. The Bible said this would happen long before Palm Sunday.

On Palm Sunday, we celebrate just like the people did back thenWe wave palm branches and sing songs for JesusThis shows God’s words came true exactly as promised, proving Jesus is a special king of peace.

Isaiah 62:11

"The Lord has made proclamation to the ends of the earth: ‘Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your Savior comes! See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.’"

Isaiah 62:11 has a big message. It says to tell Daughter Zion that the Savior is coming with rewards. This part of the Bible points us to Palm Sunday, when Jesus entered Jerusalem.

This verse connects us to people long ago who waited for Jesus. They laid down palm branches in his honor. We do the same in church today. This makes Palm Sunday feel meaningful every year.

Daniel 9:25

"Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble."

Daniel 9:25 predicts a major event. It marks the exact time Jesus, the Messiah, would enter Jerusalem. This verse isn’t about King Cyrus; it points to Jesus’s big moment.

Before Palm Sunday happened, this Bible part hinted at it. Jesus rode on a donkey into the city just as described. This chapter shows us Palm Sunday was more than an event; it was planned and key to faith and hope stories.

Genesis 49:10

"The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his."

Genesis 49:10 says a leader will come from Judah. This leader will draw people from everywhere and ride on a donkeychoosing peace over war. When Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey before Easter, it was just like that prophecy.

This moment showed Jesus as the king promised to Judah’s descendants.

This part of the Bible links directly to Palm Sunday. The old words from Genesis fit perfectly with Jesus riding into Jerusalem. It proves he is the awaited king, fulfilling the promise made long before his time.

Micah 5:2

"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times."

Micah 5:2 talks about a future leader from Bethlehem. This town is small but will birth a special ruler with ancient roots. God’s prophecy tells us this person will be unique worldwide.

Being from Bethlehem surprises many because it’s such a humble place. Yet, this ruler will lead and care for people everywhere, showing great strength and kindness.

Triumphal Entry

An oil painting illustrating the scene of Palm Sunday, with people laying palm branches on the path and venerating Jesus on a donkey, acknowledging Him as ‘the son of David’, marking the onset of Holy Week.

Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey, showing He was the king as old texts had said. People spread palm branches on the road and praised Him, calling Him “the son of David”. This event marked the start of Holy Week, just before Easter.

In my church’s play, we reenacted this scene. We waved palms and sang for Jesus, feeling connected to that day in Jerusalem.

Matthew 21:1-5

"As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.’ This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: ‘Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’"

Matthew 21:1-5 talks about a moment when Jesus enters Jerusalem. He asks two followers to get a donkey and its colt from a nearby place. Doing this fulfilled an old prophecy. The prophecy said a king would arrive on a donkey, showing he comes in peace.

Riding the donkey into the city was key. It began an important week leading to Easter Sunday. It proved Jesus was the Messiah spoken about long before. Choosing a simple donkey showed his mission was about peace, not power.

This event started actions that would forever change history, making clear Jesus’ role as savior.

Mark 11:1-10

"As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, ‘Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’ They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, some people standing there asked, ‘What are you doing, untying that colt?’ They replied, ‘The Lord needs it.’ They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’"

In Mark 11:1-10, Jesus comes into Jerusalem as a king. He sits on a young donkey. This shows he is the one God promised long ago. People lay down palm branches and their coats for him to ride over.

They shout, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” This event begins Holy Week, which ends with Jesus’ death and resurrection.

This story in the Bible confirms old prophecies about the Messiah. Jesus picks a donkey for peace, not a war horse for battle. His choice means his rule is about love, not force. The cheers from the crowd are hints of his future victory through dying and coming back to life.

Luke 19:28-38

"After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, ‘Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’ Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, ‘Why are you untying the colt?’ They replied, ‘The Lord needs it.’ They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’"

Luke 19:28-38 shares the story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. This event kicks off his final trip to the city. He asks two followers to bring a donkey, symbolizing peace. By riding this animal, Jesus matches old predictions about the Messiah.

On his way from the Mount of Olives, people lay their coats on the ground and wave palm branches. They shout “Peace in heaven” and “Glory in the highest.” This moment stands out because it openly celebrates him as King.

The choice reflects Jesus’ control over all leaders while showing his love and humility.

John 12:12-15

"The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna!’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Blessed is the king of Israel!’"

In John 12:12-15Jesus enters Jerusalem on a young donkey. Crowds welcome Him warmly. They spread palm branches and coats on the road as an honor. This event matches an old prophecy from Zechariah about a peaceful king’s humble arrival.

I attended a Palm Sunday service where we recreated this moment. We held palm branches high, feeling part of that special day. It showed me Jesus’ choice for simplicity and humility by choosing a donkey over a war horse to express His love.

Matthew 21:8-9

"A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Hosanna in the highest heaven!’"

A big crowd was there. They laid their coats and palm branches on the road for Jesus as he entered Jerusalem on a donkey. They yelled, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” This welcome showed they believed Jesus was their king and savior.

This event marked the start of Jesus’ final week before his death. The people’s use of palm branches and cloaks were signs of honor, showing respect for Jesus. This act fulfilled old prophecies about a humble king with great purpose coming to save them.

Praises and Hosannas

An oil painting depicting the jubilant scene of Palm Sunday, with a crowd laying cloaks and branches on the path and exclaiming ‘Hosanna!’ in honor of Jesus, seen as a divine king.

Palm Sunday was full of joy and praise. People laid their cloaks and branches on the road for Jesus as he made his way into Jerusalem. They yelled, “Hosanna!” This meant they saw Jesus as a special king from God.

Psalm 118:24-26 is important during this event. It calls for blessings on the one who comes in God’s name. Luke’s story tells us that when some people wanted quiet, Jesus said if his followers didn’t speak, the stones would! This means all of creation praises Him.

Children and adults alike filled the air with respect for Jesus Christ that day.

Psalm 118:24-26

"The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord."

Psalm 118:24-26 celebrates Palm Sunday. It calls this day a gift from God and tells us to rejoice. “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” welcomes Jesus into Jerusalem like a king.

These verses are key for Palm Sunday readings. They highlight the significance of Jesus’ triumphal entry, marking it as a planned and grand event that underlined his importance.

Psalm 148:1-2

"Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights above. Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his heavenly hosts."

The Bible tells us to praise God, from the skies to the earth. Angels and stars should sing too. Heaven’s armies and shining lights are part of this worship.

Songs from Psalms 146-150 start and end with “praise the Lord.” This connects them all together. Psalm 148 is special in this group because it calls on everything made by God to celebrate His name.

Luke 19:37-40

"When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’"

Jesus rode into Jerusalem, and people were happy. They put palm branches on the ground to show respect. This action showed they believed Jesus was their Messiah and Savior. Once, I waved palm branches at a Palm Sunday service.

It felt like I was part of that old crowd cheering for Jesus.

Jesus mentioned something powerful then. He said if people stopped praising, even stones would start! This means all creation knows Jesus – they would praise Him if we didn’t. That moment in Jerusalem was big because it proved everyone knew Jesus as king and savior from God.

Psalm 47:1-2

"Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth."

Psalm 47:1 says God is the king of the earthEveryone should clap and shout to honor Him. This shows we think God is amazing.

In Psalm 47:2, the message goes on. It tells us God is powerful and rules from a holy placeHe watches over people everywhere with love and strengthWe should praise Him loudly because He looks after everyone, proving He’s worthy of our happiness and songs.

Matthew 21:15-16

"But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David,’ they were indignant. ‘Do you hear what these children are saying?’ they asked him."

In Matthew 21:15-16, Jesus comes into JerusalemKids shout “Hosanna!” to Him in the temple. This upsets some leaders. Jesus reminds them about Scriptures saying children praise God well.

This event marks Jesus as a king in a new way.

At a church play for Palm Sunday, kids reenacted this scene. They waved palm branches and shouted just like the real story. Watching this, I felt joy and celebration for Jesus coming into town.

It showed that truth can come from anywhere, even kids.

Reflections on Jesus as King

An oil painting that captures the essence of Jesus as King, showing His acts of love and compassion as He heals the sick and aids the needy, all done with a spirit of selflessness and without expectation of reward.

Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem, showing he was a peaceful king. People called him the Son of God and King of the Jews because of his miracles and teachings.

As King, Jesus focused on love, service, and sacrifice. He healed the sick and helped people in need without expecting anything in return. His actions taught what it means to be a real king—serving others and offering hope.

John 18:36

"Jesus said, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.’"

John 18:36 tells us about a different kind of king. This king’s kingdom is not from this world. He came to help people find their way back, not to rule here with power. His followers didn’t fight because his kingdom was not about that.

Palm Sunday marks the day when this king entered Jerusalem. People celebrated him, but they missed the point. His real crown was made of truth and love, aimed at helping those who feel forgotten or lost.

He wasn’t after power or fame but wanted to show everyone a way back home.

Revelation 17:14

"They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers."

Revelation 17:14 talks about Jesus’ big win. It tells us He fights His enemies with people who are “called, chosen, and faithful.” This shows us that Jesus is a strong leader. We can be on His team if we follow Him.

This verse is important on Palm Sunday. It’s the day Jesus entered Jerusalem like a king before He faced challenges. This event leads to Easter Lent and makes us think about Resurrection Sunday with hope.

Knowing Jesus wins helps us face our daily struggles. It feels like being part of a strong chain of faith that connects ancient times to today.

1 Timothy 6:15

"which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords,"

1 Timothy 6:15 shows us Jesus as the supreme leader, calling Him King of kings and Lord of lords. Palm Sunday is a day people remember Jesus entering Jerusalem like a king. This verse encourages Christians to see Jesus as their main leader every day.

It’s about recognizing His power and love when He marched into Jerusalem. On Palm Sunday, believers reflect on having Jesus as their king, thinking about His strength and kindness.

John 12:13

"They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna!’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Blessed is the king of Israel!’"

On Palm Sunday, people welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem. They waved palm branches and cheered, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” This scene matched what was foretold about a messiah saving them.

The crowd saw Jesus as their king.

Using palm branches was a sign of honor. It showed Jesus was the king they had been waiting for. This gesture on Palm Sunday linked to old sayings predicting this event. John 12:13 captures this moment of joy and hope as Jesus entered Jerusalem, fulfilling these prophecies.

Matthew 27:11

"Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ ‘You have said so,’ Jesus replied."

Jesus stood in front of Pilate, who was in charge. “Are you the King of the Jews?” asked Pilate. Jesus answered, “You said it.” This part, from Matthew 27:11, is important. It shows how Jesus stayed quiet and strong even when facing big problems.

He knew what was going to happen but still faced it.

Pilate’s wife called Jesus righteous because she saw his goodness. Even though Pilate found no fault in him, he handed Jesus over to be killed because the people wanted it. This story shows that sometimes good people suffer because of what others want or think.

It’s like how sometimes being good doesn’t make things go your way in life.

Jesus’ Suffering and Purpose

An oil painting showcasing the solemn silhouette of Jesus on the cross, atop a mountain against the backdrop of a tranquil sunset, symbolizing His sacrifice and love during Holy Week.

Holy Week shows how much Jesus loves us. He knew the cross would be hard but chose it to save people from sin. Alone, he prayed, scared of what was ahead. Yet, he put us first. He took our wrongs and faced death for our life.

This act changed humanity by giving grace and hope forever.

Isaiah 53:3-5

"He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed."

Isaiah 53:3-5 describes Jesus as a man of sorrows. He felt deep sadness and people did not accept him. He knew all about suffering. Yet, he took our pain and sorrow upon himself. This passage is important for Palm Sunday because it highlights why Jesus came to Earth—to suffer for us, allowing us to heal through his wounds.

This verse also links Jesus’ suffering with our freedom and healing. It tells us that his pain had a purpose—to free us from what harms us. During Palm Sunday, this message reminds everyone that Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on a donkey was the beginning of his ultimate sacrifice for humanity’s benefit.

Matthew 26:39

"Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.’"

In Matthew 26:39, on the Mount of OlivesJesus felt really sad. He knew he would suffer soon. Still, he prayed deeply to God. He asked if there was a way to avoid dying on the cross for our sins.

This shows it’s okay to share our fears with God.

But then, Jesus also said, “Yet not as I will, but as you will.” This teaches us to trust God’s plan over ours. What seems hard for us might actually be good in the end just like Jesus accepting his suffering helped everyone.

Mark 14:36

"‘Abba, Father,’ he said, ‘everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.’"

Mark 14:36 captures a powerful moment for Jesus. He calls God “Father” with the Aramaic word, showing a deep and personal connection. This happens just before Jesus faces his toughest challenge.

He knows his death is near, yet he accepts his fate.

Jesus’s use of “Father” and his request to have the cup of suffering taken away highlights love and sacrifice. These themes are central to Palm Sunday, emphasizing Jesus as the chosen one ready to endure pain for others out of immense love.

Luke 22:42

"‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.’"

In Luke 22:42Jesus talks to God about his coming death. He shows strong faith by saying, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” This teaches us about trust.

Jesus trusts God fully in tough times.

On Palm Sunday, people remember Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem as a king. This day also points to his sacrifice. It makes us think about our own willingness to follow God’s plan for us, just like Jesus did.

John 12:27

"‘Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.’"

Jesus felt scared about his future. He knew suffering was coming soon, as John 12:27 tells us. Jesus faced fears like we do. He didn’t want pain or death but chose it to save others from their mistakes.

He prayed to God for help in this hard time. Jesus’ prayer shows us something vital. Even when scared, we can talk to God about our worries. We see that bravery means doing the right thing, even if it’s tough, just like Jesus did.

What Does the Bible Say About Palm Sunday?

Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus entering Jerusalem like a king, right before he rose from the dead. People greeted him with palm branches and cheers of “Hosanna!” This important event appears in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

It proved Jesus was the Messiah.

The day sets the stage for Easter. Followers remember Jesus as their King on Palm Sunday. Bible stories inspire them to live with love and faith just like JesusCrowds praised him loudly that Sunday, using words from Psalms 118:25-26 and Psalm 148:1-2.

These actions highlight how key it is to praise God.


On Palm Sunday, we remember Jesus entering Jerusalem. This day marks the start of His mission to save us. During this time, people wave palm fronds and sing songs to honor Him as King.

We read verses that tell about Jesus’s journey. This journey shows His love, suffering, and win over death. It’s a moment to think about following Jesus in our lives.

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