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According to Matthew, right after Jesus entered Jerusalem, He went to the temple (3 Gospels say that he entered the temple; that was also a sign of Him being the Messiah) and got really mad. He got mad, because what was meant for prayer was changed into place of business. He healed a blind and a lame person. And then the kids went crazy screaming even louder: Hosanna! (which means: save us) The powerful ones got offended at that extravagant shouting. The weak ones were triumphant.

The leaders became indignant. I had no idea what this word means in English, so I looked it up: indignant - angered at something unjust or wrong. That means they were thinking: they are right, He is wrong.

And Jesus just pointed out at the enthusiastic bunch of kids and said: they are right.

To recognize Him as the Awaited One was so simple to the little ones. It was impossible to those who studied theology and scriptures and traditions. They sacrificed their whole lives to find the answers. They had thousands of discussions and debates behind them. It was incomprehensible to them to admit that they could not see what is clearly the truth. The knowledge of God was offered to them in a way that would be easy to receive, I think. It was grace of God Himself. They shouldn't feel threatened by the children. They should feel at ease. That should of been the moment of reflection and wonder, not a moment of casting anger. It was their last chance to recognize the Son of Man as their Messiah, but they felt indignant and could not resolve it in their hearts that their whole life's search could end up right then. This moment was holy. They were just annoyed.

I pray that that when these chances are given to me, the simplicity of revelation will lead me toward Him.

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Celebration of Palm Sunday as a remembrance of Jesus entering Jerusalem as a Son of David was commemorated since the 4th century. We know from the writings of Ætheria, a woman, who went on the pilgrimage to Jerusalem, that people would assemble on the Mount of Olive, and after singing hymns, listening to the readings, they would walk back to Jerusalem with palm branches in their hands. Bishop would lead the procession.

This Sunday would start a Holy week, called also a Great week or Passion week. Believers would fast and gather every day to pray. Some sort of gatherings in purpose of praying and continual fasting during the Holy week was established throughout Christian world by the end of the 4th century.

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Eastern Gate

goldengate1s2.jpg When Jesus came to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, it’s thought that Jesus entered the Temple courtyard through the Eastern gate, called Golden Gate or Gate of Mercy. This gate is mentioned in Ez 44:“The prince will enter through this gate and he will eat bread before the Lord.” This is the origin of the Judeo-Christian belief that the Messiah will enter through the eastern gate. That's why Jews were calling Him a King. They believed He will bring them freedom, they believed He might of been the long awaited Messiah.

The Muslim conquerors of Jerusalem (the Ottoman Turks led by Suleiman) sealed this gate in the 1500's, to prevent Christ's return.

In Arabic, this gate is called Bab el Rahmeh, the Gate of Eternal Life, it faces Mount of Olive.

Ez 44:1: Then He brought me back the way of the Gate of the outward sancturay which looks toward the East; and it was shut.

Zech14:4: And His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the East...

The Eastern gate is presently considered by the Arabs to be their exclusive property. It is sealed up and blocked off.

That makes me think.

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