According to the old Judean calendar the Christian messiah entered the Roman occupied city of Jerusalem on the seventh day of Nisan during the reign of Augustus Caesar. Jesus or Yeshua Bin Joseph symbolically rode a donkey as opposed to a horse, since the former was considered a sign of peace. while the horse was symbolized war. The palms spread on the ground came from ancient Greek traditions and the Holy Day of Sukkot.
Roman historian Josephus wrote that at this time the capitol of Judah had a population of 80,000.
10,000 belonged to the Pharisee sect with the rest coming from all parts of the Empire.
Yeshua was feted by his followers singing the psalm 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord'.
Neither his apostles nor their leader could have foreseen his demise was only a week away.
Palm Sunday is celebrated by millions of Christians around the world.
But not by me.
I missed church and stayed in bed.
The altar of sleep.
It's better than any ride on a donkey.