“Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”
The triumphal entry is pictured with palm branches being waved in the air as the national symbol of the nation; the people’s cloaks laid down on the road paying homage to royalty.
Jesus is welcomed into Jerusalem with much excitement and fervor. He entered the city not on a valiant horse but riding on a common donkey. Thousands of people had come from around the region and abroad to celebrate the Jewish feast of the Passover, commemorating the Israelites’ deliverance from Egyptian captivity.
It was truly a sight to behold as the people came rushing in and extolling this would-be king into Jerusalem.
The people cried out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” (John 12:13b). They saw a King coming to incite a revolt against Rome and gain freedom as result. They were there to welcome Jesus but they welcomed Him not for His God-given mission but their man-made agendas.
What they did not realize is that Jesus came for something totally different than what they had been expecting:
They anticipated a hero to save them from the rule of Cesar, Jesus came to save them from the tyrannical rule of Satan.
They looked forward to liberty from foreign oppression, Jesus came to set them free from the inner bondage and oppression of sin.
They expected a deliverer for their nation, Jesus came to establish a spiritual Kingdom beyond and above this world.
When the people had realized that what Jesus came to do and accomplish was far different from what they desired, they sought to relinquish Him of his mission. The very same people who we’re welcoming Him with praise and adoration, just a few days later, would be the ones shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”
Luke 19:41 further shows how Jesus responded to the fickle crowd for He knew what was about to happen in only a few hours from His triumphal entry, “And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it,”
The people had their way: Jesus was brutally punished and crucified to death. But it did not end there, Jesus overcame the grave three days later. He rose again to signify that His mission was indeed far greater than what men could conjure, and an unstoppable one at that.
Do you react in the same way when your man-made agenda is different from God’s given mission and purpose? Are you at one point praising God for the good blessings but when these turn into trying moments, you result to disobeying Him? Today, let us pray that our words would match that of God’s plan for our lives. Even when we do not understand His ways, we can always trust His heart.