Insight to the Word

On the day that we now refer to as Palm Sunday, Jesus entered Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. Today, the mount’s western slope is blanketed with the tombs of Jewish men and women—all facing the Temple Mount and the city’s blockaded Eastern Gate (also known as the Golden Gate or the Beautiful Gate). Why? Ezekiel 44:1–3 says that the “prince” shall enter Jerusalem by the Eastern Gate, and Jewish rabbinic teaching has presented that “prince” as the Anointed One (the Messiah). It was this Messiah’s coming that would trigger the resurrection of the dead—which was part of Israel’s future hope (see Martha’s statement in John 11:24). As a result, Jewish people wanted to be buried facing the Eastern Gate to be among the first to experience that resurrection.

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