37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Palm leaves symbolize victory and joy among many Christians. Jesus’ triumphal entry was seen by the people of his day as a declaration that he had come to fulfill the traditional prophecies about the Jewish Messiah.
After this Jesus “cleansed” the Temple of Jerusalem by violently driving out the money-changers and other merchants associated with Temple commerce. This act resulted in the Temple authorities seeking to arrest him as a threat to public order and a danger to the peace between the Jews and Rome. They succeeded in bribing his disciple Judas to betray him and were able to arrest Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, leading to his trial by Pontius Pilate and his crucifixion as a traitor to Rome.
Gone were the Palm leaves that symbolized victory and joy.