Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was not spontaneous. The people’s response was spontaneous, but not His entry. He knew precisely what He was doing. He had been preparing for this day for thousands of years and now the day had finally arrived. The question is why? Why was Jesus orchestrating this ride into the Holy City?
There was a purpose for Him to enter Jerusalem and that purpose was His unfathomable love and compassion for people that culminated a few days later on a hill outside Jerusalem where He died as a sacrifice for our sin. Jesus lived out what He said to His disciples, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:3)
John the Baptist said to his followers that Jesus was the “Lamb of God.” He was the once-and-for-all sacrifice for sin. He was the final Passover Lamb whose death brings life.
It is possible to live through many Palm Sundays (and some of us have done just that) and the result is that we become foggy as to why we have this special day (in fact that is true of each of the special days of Holy Week).
This Sunday we will examine Palm Sunday from the account found in John 12 with fresh eyes and discover why this day should be significant to us.
I look forward to seeing you Sunday. This is going to be a special day.
I love you in the Lord,