Palm Sunday vs. Passion Sunday

Laced up Lutheran

The debate that church pastors have this time of the year is this – Do we focus on Palm Sunday and the triumphant entry into Jerusalem, or do we focus on the Passion of Jesus? This is an important debate – and one that doesn’t have a clear and easy right answer.  There are good answers for going either way.

The case for the focus on the full Passion (the trial, suffering, and crucifixion of Jesus) is that many people won’t attend worship services throughout Holy Week, so it is better to focus on the full passion, rather than only give part of the story and have people confused when they show up for Easter.  There are more subtle arguments, but this is the essence of this argument.

The case for the focus to only be on the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem is that it’s up to each…

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