Sunday, March 25 - The Triumphal Entry
Jesus was traveling to Jerusalem. As He came to the Mount of Olives outside a town called Bethany, He gave a very special task to two of His disciples. Jesus told them to go into the village and find a young donkey, which had never been ridden. The disciples were to untie the donkey and bring it back to Jesus. He told the men if anyone asked what they were doing, they should say the Lord needs it.
The disciples did what Jesus told them and found the donkey. While they were untying the donkey, the donkey’s owners asked what they were doing. The disciples answered as Jesus had told them and said that the Lord needed it.
Then the disciples laid their robes on the donkey upon which Jesus was to sit.
As Jesus rode along the road, many people spread out their robes on the road in front of Him. Other people spread leafy branches cut from trees. They were honoring Jesus the same way they would honor a king. They joyfully praised God. They shouted, “Hosanna! Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd were upset by what was happening. They told Jesus to tell His followers to stop shouting. Jesus replied, “Even if they stopped shouting, the stones would cry out!”
Read: Luke 19:28-40; Mark 11:1-10
The Point: People Can Praise Jesus
Long before Jesus came to earth, God gave His people a message. Their King would ride into Jerusalem on a donkey. The words the prophet wrote in Zechariah 9:9 really happened. The people honored Jesus the same way they would honor a king.
This week, we will see that the scene changed quickly. Instead of shouting praise for Jesus, the people shouted for Him to be hurt. But this was all part of God’s plan to save His people from sin. Now, as God’s people, we can praise Jesus knowing He is our King who gave His own life to rescue us from our sin!
Father, what a joy that we can praise Jesus as our King! He is a good King who loved us enough to take the punishment we deserve for our sin. May we give Him the praise He alone deserves! Amen.