In the Christian calendar, this day commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. And on a donkey, not a calvary led war horse! Nothing of that sort.
This is one of my favourite stories – as it shows Jesus humility and respect for Jerusalem, considered a Holy city. Jesus, the Son of God, riding humbly into the chosen city of his chosen people. What more do we need to understand about humility than from the actions of Jesus, the son of God?
If you read the bible and I urge you too, if you haven’t- we can see that everything is happening for a reason. It is all pre-planned by God. Jesus knew he was going to face the firing squad – yet he continues on.
When religious leaders of the day asked him to stop the crowds from shouting and singing, he tells them, if they stop the stones will make noise.
Luke 19: 39-40 39 And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”
40 But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”
Wow!! The master of the universe, creator of the world and all in it – riding in humility to his ultimate death. He knew yet, he was prepared to pay the price for our sins! Christ, the epitome of obedience and humility.
From today’s daily reading that I follow in YouVersion, based on John 12:13, we see the crowds singing & shouting Jesus: “Praise God! God bless him who comes in the name of the Lord! God bless the King of Israel!”
That same mob’s tune changed, as you read on, a few days later and were shouting “crucify him”!
I believe Palm Sunday is a good day to reflect, if you & I were in Jerusalem during that day or week, which crowd would we be in? A disciple, a religious leader/person, part of the crowd???
Reflect on our lives, where do we place God in our daily living? And truly question ourselves, what do we learn from Jesus triumphant entry about obedience, humility & completely trusting in God? Amen 🙏