Today is Palm Sunday, the day we celebrate Jesus riding into Jerusalem in triumph, just days before he took on all of our sin by dying a painful, horrific death on a cross, and then conquering death and rising again. I was thinking about his trip into the city today. He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, to signify his humility as a servant King. He allowed the people around him to worship him by throwing their cloaks on the road, waving palm branches in the air, and shouting at the top of their lungs:
Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord; peace in heaven and glory in the highest! – Luke 19:38
Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David; Hosanna in the highest! – Mark 11:9-10
Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest! – Matthew 21:9b
He allowed them to worship him knowing that these same people would be calling for his death in 5 short days. He allowed them to worship him because He is worthy of that worship. When the Pharisees told Jesus to rebuke his followers, he responded with this:
I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out! – Luke 19:40
There were so many people on that day who got it right. They understood that Christ was the Messiah, the One sent to rescue people from their sin. And they worshiped him.
But there were so, so many more who stayed home that day. So many people who failed to see Christ for who he was. The city of Jerusalem was teeming with people in town for the Passover celebration. There were people everywhere, and on that day they went about their lives, oblivious to the King of Kings riding down the street on a donkey.
Jesus, the Son of God, is here. With us, in us. May we today get it right. May we celebrate and worship him as the promised Messiah. And may we this week soberly reflect on the price he paid that we could live. Worship him, for if we do not, the stones will cry out with the worship he deserves.
Hosanna in the highest! Praise, glory and honor to Jesus, our great Rescuer and Redeemer!