“Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.” This was the excited greeting Jesus received as He entered Jerusalem for the last time prior to His crucifixion. So, I wonder, if Jesus entered your city today, how do you think that He would be greeted? …
Turning back the clock, what a spectacle the first “Palm Sunday!” must have been. The streets were clogged with people who had be so looking forward to a Messiah coming. Then, amidst a frenzied fanfare of “hosannas,” (“save now”), Jesus rode into town on a donkey. For that moment, Jesus was the object of their affection. Jesus’ method and mode of arrival in Jerusalem actually fulfilled of the prophet Zechariah’s prophecy-hundreds of years previous: Zechariah wrote: “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zech 9:9).
When we look at this on the surface, it all went as expected: Jesus entered into Jerusalem on the donkey, and the people cheered. But, what were they cheering about? What kind of Messiah were they hoping for? The word “VICTORY” must have echoed in their ears with that prophesy. While some of the other words like “lowly” fell by the wayside. So, to see Jesus arriving on a donkey, surely caused great confusion and even disappointment for them. A donkey was a simple of peace and lowliness, while a horse is a symbol of war and victory. Therefore, the messiah in their minds, and Jesus on the road -did not match up! While the people had formed, a Messianic image marked by overthrow and liberation. Jesus bigger, far reaching and permanent plan would be executed just days later.
While we might look back at those folks with distain, we must examine our own view of Jesus. We are all faced with a central question, do you create Jesus in your image? Do you Him to shape you and change you? If we create Jesus in our image, then that is his limit. Jesus will only be as big as the limit of our strength and imagination. This Palm Sunday, I challenge you to allow the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords to take His proper place in your lives. He will lead you.
In the love of Jesus, Rob+