April 9, 2017 - Palm Sunday, Year A
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
There are many prophecies in the Old Testament regarding the coming of the Messiah. At the time of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem these are some of the prophecies that had already been fulfilled:
The Messiah would be a descendant of King David. Jesus of Nazareth was born in the line of King David.
A great star arose in the sky as Jesus was being born in Bethlehem. This was to be the sign of the arrival of the Messiah.
When Jesus rides into Jerusalem at Passover astride a donkey, he is sending a powerful message.
The Prophet Zechariah wrote, “Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Should aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you. Triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
At the time of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, these are some of the prophecies that had yet to be fulfilled:
Jesus of Nazareth will be falsely accused of crimes he did not commit. Psalm 27 says “false witnesses have risen against me.” Psalm 25 says “malicious witnesses rise up.”
Jesus of Nazareth will be beaten. The Prophet Micah tells us that with a rod they will strike the ruler of Israel upon the cheek.
Jesus of Nazareth will be spat upon. The prophet Isaiah says “I gave me back to those who struck me and my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard. I did not hide my face from insults and spitting.”
Jesus of Nazareth will be stripped and soldiers will throw dice for his clothing. Psalm 22 says they divide his clothes among themselves and for his garment they cast lots.
Jesus of Nazareth will be crucified. The Prophet Zechariah tells us that when they look on the one whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him.
Jesus of Nazareth will be crucified and yet not a bone of his will be broken.
The book of Exodus says this about the passover lamb: It shall be eaten in one house. You shall not take any of the animal outside. You shall not break any of its bones.
The book of Numbers says they shall leave none of it until morning, nor break a bone of it. The Passover Lamb must be completely eaten at the Passover Supper and none of its bones can be broken.
Jesus of Nazareth will be crucified at the same time that the Passover Lambs are being slaughtered in the Temple and Psalms 34 tells us that not one of his bones will be broken.
Jesus of Nazareth will be taken down and placed in a tomb.
The book of Deuteronomy says that the corpse must not remain all night upon the tree. It shall be buried that same day, for anyone hung on a tree is under God’s curse.
It is the sabbath. Passover week has begun. Jesus of Nazareth has less than five days to live.