It's Palm Sunday.
Jesus makes His triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
And the disciples went and did just as Jesus had directed them, and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid on them their garments, on which He sat. And most of the multitude spread their garments in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees, and spreading them in the road. And the multitudes going before Him, and those who followed after were crying out, saying,
“Hosanna to the Son of David; BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Hosanna in the highest!”
And when He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying,
“Who is this?”
And the multitudes were saying,
“This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Matthew 21:6-11 NASB
Here is Luke's account:
And they brought it to Jesus, and they threw their garments on the colt, and put Jesus on it. And as He was going, they were spreading their garments in the road. And as He was now approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, saying,
“BLESSED IS THE KING WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
And some of the Pharisees in the multitude said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”
And He answered and said, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”
Luke 19:35-40 NASB
The masses are expecting Him to take power, to take over the rule of the temple, perhaps even raise up a military coo and drive the occupying Romans back to Italy.
By the end of the week their hopes would be dashed, as this humble hero would die a gruesome death.
So what is the point? It almost seems out of character for Jesus, who often pushed away from the crowds to be alone, who has been heard telling those for whom He has done wonders not to tell anyone.
He has walked up and down between Galilee and Jerusalem many times over the last 3 ½ years.
Why ride in on a donkey? Why the parade? Why the spectacle?
It’s the Gospel – the good news – the glad tidings the angels announced 3 decades earlier.
It is the culmination of thousands of years of prophetic declarations to God’s people through the prophets and forefathers of the faith.
Here is the Messiah! God the Father is showing off His only begotten Son to the world this one day.
In this one act, God is pronouncing once and for all – Jesus Christ is Lord!
Paul describes this good news this way:
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to… (1 Corinthians 15:3-5 NASB)
The Gospel is 100% about Jesus.
- Jesus Christ stepped out of His rightful place in heaven
- Took on a mortal body, and a soul that could be tempted and had the ability to sin
- Lived among us - a sinless life
- Died as a spotless lamb, taking our place, our punishment upon himself
- He was buried
- He was raised from the dead on the third day
- He appeared to many
- He ascended into heaven
- He lives at the right hand of God making intercession for us
- And He shall reign forever and ever
Jesus Christ is Lord
And that is why He came into Jerusalem as a victorious King.
God bless you as you celebrate Jesus death and resurrection this week.
My thoughts today were inspired by last weeks Phil Vischer PodCast. Skye Jithani does a great job of describing the gospel in the last 20 minutes or so of the show. [As of this writing they have not posted it on their web site, but you can get it on iTunes.]