This is Easter week or more appropriately, Resurrection week. It all began yesterday, which we call Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is the day we remember Jesus’ “Triumphal Entry” into Jerusalem exactly one week prior to His resurrection.
The events of that day are recorded in Matthew’s Gospel this way, “They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!’”(Matthew 21:7-9)
Interestingly, some 450+ years before that day, the Prophet Zechariah had described the day’s events in detail form saying, “Rejoice greatly…Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey…” (Zechariah 9:9).
So, as you think back on Palm Sunday, do not forget its significance… that the King was coming to Jerusalem that day but not for war. He came for sacrifice… to die for the sins of mankind.
No doubt that some of those in the crowd that day cheered for him, but within the week they changed opinions and were some of the same ones in the crowd screaming, “Crucify Him.”
But, that did not change the heart of Jesus. He still looked in the eyes of the father from the cross and said, “Father, forgive them.”…And those words still ring true today.
Think about it, and have a blessed Resurrection Week.
John Mark Caton, Ph.D