12 The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors 13 took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted,
Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hail to the King of Israel!”
14 Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said:
15 “Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem.
Look, your King is coming,
riding on a donkey’s colt.”
16 His disciples didn’t understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered what had happened and realized that these things had been written about him.
17 Many in the crowd had seen Jesus call Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, and they were telling othersabout it. 18 That was the reason so many went out to meet him—because they had heard about this miraculous sign.19 Then the Pharisees said to each other, “There’s nothing we can do. Look, everyone has gone after him!
It is the beginning of Holy Week. Let’s celebrate and remember all the events that took place. I imagine being there and seeing all the palm branches being set down before Jesus like they would do for the arrival of a king. He fully embraces this moment of triumph knowing that just days later, likely in the same streets, he walks through it again with a criminal’s cross. Jesus shows humility when he enters the city, and he shows humility when he leaves.
Many times we want to celebrate the good times, but we scatter when the hard times come. I pray that today, as we remember Palm Sunday, that we hold on to the reality that it’s only the beginning of the week, BUT, no matter what is going to come, it is still God’s week.
Lord, you are God of ALL moments. The moments we feel tall, and the ones when we're brought low. Remind us that you are with us through all moments. Teach us to be humble in moments of triumph riding on a donkey's colt.
Kx. Ntshiab Suav
Senior Pastor of FHAC.