Why We Lay Down Palms

At the end of the passion narrative, Christ defies death with resurrection. Before that, he stands in defiance of death by choosing to enter Jerusalem knowing full well what awaits him there. Mark 11:1-11 makes this abundantly clear. Jesus knows what is coming, and he goes to Jerusalem entering with great fanfare. Even though he must have known that gut wrenching feeling of certain pain and death, the mounts a colt or a donkey and rides in triumph.