Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Sometimes we like to think of things like this as spontaneous, but Jesus knew what he was doing.
What Jesus does here is act the part of the conquering hero. Brutus and Cassius thought that Caesar was getting too big for his britches, so they cut him down to size by murdering him. Was he surprised by all the attention, or did he court it?
It could be the Rose Parade or the Doo Dah (that’s a parody of Pasadena’s Rose Parade that’s been around for nearly forty years—I went to it once during the early years). If the crowd starts to follow the parade, so do you. Could it be that Jesus is courting a confrontation? At the same time, there’s the animal upon which he’s riding. But, if you go with John 12, it has prophetic roots.
If there is one Sunday out of the year that presents unavoidable problems for preachers it is Palm Sunday.At the same time, it would be helpful if we didn’t just skip from Palm Sunday to Easter and leave out Good Friday. Jesus is numbered among the many pilgrims coming to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. Mark seems to suggest that this is a rather well planned event.Jesus sends a couple of his disciples to fetch this young donkey from a house nearby.Still, the triumphal entry is important enough that all four Gospels record the event. In one way, Jesus is just one figure in the crowd, except that he becomes the focus.So maybe we need to attend to it, listening for a word for today. Here comes, riding into Jerusalem on the colt of a donkey.Then they put their cloaks on the donkey, which Jesus mounts. —lay out cloaks and branches (Mark doesn’t speak of palm branches, that’s in John 12).One commentator points out that it’s quite possible that the animal is so small that Jesus’ feet would be dragging on the ground. Not only that, the people start shouting: “Hosanna!Abbas will orchestrate world pressure on Israel through the United Nations and the Vatican.In September of this year he will likely proclaim a Palestinian state and then demand that Jerusalem be “liberated” or internationalized.The events are ominous and overwhelming, but we can stand firm with great hope because we know that God is on His throne and that He is in control.The events we are currently witnessing point to the imminent return of Yeshua, and when He returns, the world will be flooded with peace and righteousness, and Israel will enjoy the blessings of territorial integrity and peace forevermore (Zechariah 8:1-8). David Reagan serves as the Founder and Director of Lamb & Lion Ministries.