Oh to have been in the crowd that day! The orchestration of God’s hands at work. The passover was soon and many in the crowd had witnessed, Jesus rising his friend Lazarus from his grave. Many had heard that Jesus was there, they wanted to see Him because of what He had done for Lazarus. They wanted to see Lazarus, who Jesus had raised from the dead.
The chief priests and the Pharisees, were there, and on high alert. Their fears ruled them, fear that everyone would believe in Jesus. Fear that the Romans would come and take away their place, their nation. These fears took hold and their plans where in place. But it wasn’t just Jesus they sought to kill, they wanted to kill Lazarus as well. Because of him, many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus. Some Greeks were there.
The disciples were there. They did as their Teacher asked. They followed His directions by getting Him a colt. They did so, not understanding what or why, they were just doing so. They simply obeyed. They laid their garments upon the colt. They led in the praises and glory to God. Those in the crowd took palm branches, laying them down in His pathway, waving them and crying along in the praises.
“12 The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ The King of Israel!” John 12:12-13 NKJV”
Jesus was there. Humble, just as He came into this world, He also rode into Jerusalem that day. Humble, and in triumph, as He will triumph the grips of death in the coming days ahead. His passion lies in this week, that some call Passion Week, Holy Week. This is the week however, that leads to the cross and a victorious defeat over the grave. All of this because of His love for you and me. I invite you this week to open your heart and take into account the events of this week leading up to Easter Sunday.
In His Love, Crisi