Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem amidst a sea of waving palms and shouts of ‘Hosanna!’ God’s people had long awaited their promised Messiah. But their great expectations were unfortunately rooted in misinterpreted prophecies and errant teachings. They anticipated another Moses-like deliverer to free them from Roman tyranny and oppression. Jesus’ mission, however, was on a far grander scale. His triumphal entry was leading somewhere–to the cross where He would die. There He’d become the sacrifice for our sins. There He’d deliver fallen man from the tyranny and oppression of sin and death. Sunday’s Hosannas gave way to Friday’s, “Crucify Him!” How quickly a crowd can turn! Friday’s chants morphed into taunting. But while bleeding for the mockers at the foot of the cross, throughout the world, and down through the ages, a more triumphant cry came from our Savior: “Father forgive them for they know not what they do!” And then three days later our Lord had His greater triumphal entry into Jerusalem when He strolled out of His tomb. There the phrase now heard round the world was born: “He is risen!” “He is risen indeed!” And that pretty much says it all!
- Luke 19:28 - 44