Posted by: Toni Sprandel | March 24, 2013

The triumphal entry

As this day is winding down, my mind goes back to the happenings of 2000+ years ago.  This morning at church, the mood was joyous, the worshipping/singing was uplifting.  It reminded me of what it had to have been like when Jesus entered town, riding on a colt, the foal of a donkey and the crowd was joyous, worshipping and singing praises to Jesus.  The mood was so happy and positive.  The Israelites were welcoming their new “king”.  I can just imagine how excited they all were.

It would have been so exciting to be there.  Palm branches waving, people laying their coats on the ground, smiles everywhere.  Hosanna, which is an acclamation of praise, means save.  The people exclaimed “Hosanna” because they recognized that Jesus was fulfilling the prophecy in Zechariah 9:9.  Zechariah 9:9 says “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!  Shout in triumph, O daugher of Jerusalem!  Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, humble, and mounted on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

The crowd correctly saw Jesus as the fulfillment of these prophecies, but they did not understand where Jesus’ kingship would lead him. (NASB Life Application Study Bible footnote).  The people wanted Jesus to be their literal King, someone to ascend to the throne and defeat Rome and their leadership of them.  But Jesus was not here for that purpose, Jesus had come to establish a spiritual kingdom.

As the week proceeded, the people began to realize Jesus was not going to fulfill their earthly desires.  He was not going to overthrow the Roman government.  The Israelites hearts became hardened and as the week progressed, their joyful, jubilant shouts died down and the cheers turned to jeers.

Do we get upset with Jesus when he doesn’t do what we want Him to do?  Do we get mad when troubles strike?  Do we shake our fist when a loved one dies?  We are so much like the Israelites of Jesus’ day.  We love Jesus when we think He is going to do things our way and we shout praises to Him.  But when the tide turns in our lives, too many times I am guilty of getting angry with Jesus because He didn’t do things my way.

Let’s remember this week the Hosanna’s and the fact that Jesus is King.  He is the King of Kings.  Thank you Jesus for being the humble, servant King.

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