Breathe the warm air filled with the smell of palm branches. Feel the excitement of the crowd, jostling, clamoring, and trying to get a glimpse of the approaching king. Hear the cries of “Hosanna!” Then…see him—Jesus—the one who is now making his Triumphant Entry at the gate of Jerusalem. You watch him as he goes by, Jesus on donkey, in the manner of royalty. It is the original “Palm Sunday,” and the people of Israel were yearning for a king to break the shackles of the oppressive Roman Empire. The collection of bulletin covers below is an attempt to relive the experience of that day, and share the excitement of the first Palm Sunday. Use the program covers in your services to build anticipation during Passion Week. Jesus did come to bring freedom, but not the political freedom that the crowd had hoped for at his triumphant entry. He would bring spiritual freedom through his death on the cross. And one day, he will return from heaven in a second triumphant arrival—the Lion of Judah, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords.