Today, April 9, 2017, was Palm Sunday. Most know about the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem; but many may not realize that this entry was very much different from all the other times Jesus and the disciples entered the city. Always before, entry was quiet; this time it was different. On a donkey, not a king’s horse but a donkey that had never borne a person.
Fore-told three times to the disciples, Jesus knew this was His last entry into the city. What must He thought by the cheering crowd, knowing that there was a second and different crowd waiting for Him in the dark of Friday morning. Jesus was coming to His glorification; this was the aim of His earthly life. Jesus was in control, and certainly not the evil men crying for His Roman execution.
I love Psalm 118:24…I say it every morning since my heart attack, “this is the day the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it”…but, many will pray some form of verse 25. This verse goes like this: “Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success!”
My friends, we don’t need safety and we don’t need success; what we do need however is salvation. We need God working “in” us! Everything else will be what it will be. The people wanted safety & deliverance from Rome; we don’t need saving from world powers. We do need saving from our sins! This is why Jesus entered Jerusalem, not on a king’s horse to conquer Roman oppression, but on a lowly donkey…the great Creator of the Universe came into town to take away the sins of the world. This was His purpose! This was His gift to us! What will you be crying on Friday morning?