Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zechariah
Jesus has spent the last three years teaching, preaching and healing throughout
the area, and today, He rides into Jerusalem to make known publicly and
officially, “I am the Messiah.”
With joy and fanfare, they excitedly wave palm branches and shout “Hosanna!
Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord, even the king of Israel!”
(John 12:13). They welcomed a King. They wanted freedom from the oppressive
government and a new life. But Jesus was
about to offer even greater freedom from all oppression and a new life for
eternity! But first, the same people who
were so excited to welcome Him, the same ones shouting “Hosanna” in a few short
days would change their cries to “Crucify!”
Jerusalem. Today, 2,000 years later, we
still celebrate it and remember it as a special day when Jesus fulfilled
ancient prophecy and humbly rode in on a donkey. Not a creature of dignity or honor, but a
lowly animal meant for hard work and service.
Jesus did not enter as an earthly king, but as the Savior of the world!
Today and in the coming week, take time to remember what Jesus has
done, and reflect on who Jesus is. Is He
your king? Your Savior? He offers unbelievable freedom, joy, peace,
and eternal life when we accept Him as Lord and Savior. He entered Jerusalem fully aware of what He
was about to endure, the pain, suffering, ridicule—all at the hands of the very
people who so excitedly welcomed him in.
Yet, He chose, in love, to endure the cross so we all could have
forgiveness of every sin. As He smiled
at them from the back of the donkey, He must have pondered their hearts, our
fickle hearts. As He looked at each of their faces, perhaps He also pictured ours. Knowing their hearts, our hearts, He humbly accepted
their praise, ready to accept their contempt, about to change the world!
more! He is stronger, more powerful,
more loving, more forgiving…He is more than we can understand or imagine. Today is a day of remembrance and
celebration, and it is also a reminder of Christ’s sacrifice for us.
the flesh. Do you recognize Him in your
life? Who is He to you? I plan to reflect deeply this week on Christ’s
role in my life, and I pray you will do the same. Have we welcomed him in on the donkey and
stopped there? Or have we surrendered
ourselves completely? Have we become a
living sacrifice, dying to ourselves, living for Him, looking ahead to the
coming day when He will soon return on a white horse and take His rightful
place on the throne? He has
entered. The cross is soon. His Resurrection is coming…and He will
return! Are you ready?
Not just with palm branches, but with your heart, thoughts, and
life. Worship Him with heart, mind, and
soul and give the King praise!
thank You! We remember Your time on earth and celebrate Who You are. Teach us to go further with You, all the way
to the cross and strengthen us to fully surrender absolutely everything to You. Thank You for Your love! We love You, praise You, and worship You! In
Your name, Jesus, we pray, Amen!