Read Matthew 21:1-11
Many amazing things happened on this special Sunday over two-thousand years ago.
“Jesus sent two disciples saying to them, ‘Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”
Imagine being one of the disciples Jesus asked to go into town to ask someone to just give you their donkey. Imagine their surprise when the owner just handed it to them; no questions asked!
Picture a city full of people who had heard for three years about this man who turned the water into wine, cured the deaf and blind, raised people from the dead, and healed men who had been crippled for life. How many people on this parade route had been in those crowds where He fed thousands with nothing more than a few fish and a few loaves of bread?
Imagine being one of the hundreds who had heard Him teach with amazing accuracy in the Temple with wisdom far beyond His years.
Imagine being under Roman rule and living in constant fear of a government and its army that despised and merely tolerated you. Imagine the oppression and humiliation the Jews suffered.
Imagine if a prophecy of a soon coming Messiah was your greatest hope. Being told your whole life that God was sending someone who would overthrow the government and restore your nation to its original and intended glory. Believing with all your heart that today was that day and this Jesus was the man God had promised. Imagine the excitement to see everything you hoped for and clung to was really about to happen.
That is what that day must’ve felt like. The emotions and excitement must’ve been high as they lined the road where their Messiah would soon travel.
The Grand Entry
“And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road.”
In that day, it was common practice to welcome home a king or war hero by laying out a path of branches for him to ride in on – think rolling out the red carpet today. That is how they welcomed Jesus that day as He rode in on the donkey.
As Jesus rode into town, they waved the palms and laid them out on the ground. All while shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!”
The people believed they were welcoming a soon and future king. If only they knew how right they were. Sadly, most were looking only for an earthly king and not a Heavenly King.
Following the big day in Jerusalem, Jesus spent Sunday night in Bethany. (Matthew 21:7). What an amazing day that must have been for those disciples. But what a sad day that had to be for Jesus.
We’ve all felt betrayal, but few of us have felt what Jesus must have felt that day.
This is day 1 of 8.
Jesus’s Triumphal Entry is recorded in:
Luke 19:28-44 and
Palm Sunday Prayer
Dear Lord Jesus,
You say in Your Word that if we seek You, we will find You, especially if we seek You with our whole heart. I come before you today and throughout this week, seeking You with all my heart.
I cannot imagine what this week must’ve felt for you, yet You did it for me. Words cannot express my gratitude. I want to know more about this week. I want to see what You saw, as much as possible, as I read through this devotional.
Thank You for loving me so much enough to come to earth for me.
In Jesus’ name, AMEN.