Scripture: Luke 19:28-44
What has become known as Palm Sunday or the “Triumphal Entry” has always been intriguing to me. It was a wonderful day for so many people. We know the story . . . thousands of people gathered to welcome their king whom they thought was going to bring victory over their Roman oppressors. But GOD has something else in mind.
The people lined up and down the streets throwing palm branches down. Some even threw down their outer garments. They cheered, “Hosanna!” which means, “Save now!” They saw Him as their new king, come to bring salvation from political and societal oppression. He raised the dead—no doubt He could also restore the kingdom of David and free them from Roman rule.
Even the Pharisees were very concerned about what they were seeing, saying with indignation, “Look, the world has gone after Him” (John 12:19).
Today, remember, when you realized GOD was different than you imagined and saw His will unfold in surprising way. Remember what the LORD declared: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways . . . For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).
I have always been gripped by JESUS seeing the people of the city, all looking for an earthly king, and He wept. JESUS wept bitterly because He was heartbroken for the people. He knew they were looking for something other than what He came to offer. He knew how quickly they would turn against Him and revile Him.
We are often like these people. One moment we are praising Him and the next moment we are denying Him because He doesn’t give us what we think we want and need. Oh, I don’t mean we usually rail against Him outwardly or vocally, but we deny Him through our complacency. Every time we are presented with the truth of who JESUS is and what He accomplished through His death, burial, and resurrection we deny Him.
May we celebrate today with full knowledge that JESUS did not come to present Himself as a mighty victorious king . . . but in the fact that JESUS came as Suffering Servant to take away our sin. May we be deeply overwhelmed by His love and grace.
JESUS is Risen . . . !