The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the king of Israel!”
Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:
“Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;
see, your king is coming,
seated on a donkey’s colt.”
At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him. –John 12:12-16 NIV
No, Jesus doesn’t ride into Jerusalem on a warhorse, ready to crush his enemies. Rather, John says he rides in on a young donkey. Get this: a donkey was an unclean animal, which had to be redeemed (Exodus 13:13). Yet it’s the King-soon-to-die transportation of choice.
We have so much to learn about the heart of Jesus. Matthew says Jesus is gentle and humble in heart (11:29).
For Jesus, it sure wasn’t about pomp and glory–the things fallen mankind value so much and would do just about anything to achieve.
No, for Jesus, it was conquering the world through love–an unadulterated kind.
May Palm Sunday and the rest of Holy Week remind us all of the power of the gentle and humble love of Jesus, to change lives.
And may we seek to imitate the words and deeds of our Savior King.