by Barbara Latta
Among His other miracles, Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead. People were thronging
Him for a
chance to hear him, see him and touch him. In our day we would say news had
|Jesus entered Jerusalem as the Prince of Peace.|
God His Father had made plans ahead of time for His Son’s entry into Jerusalem. A man was waiting. His donkey and her colt were tied and waiting for the royal rider to take possession. When two disciples came looking they found everything the way Jesus said it would be.
Jesus mounted the humble beast and she proudly carried her Creator into the city. Worshippers waved palm branches into the air and laid them on the ground before Him. Hands were raised in worship as palms of flesh mingled with the green tree branches.
“Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord,” voices praised.
|Worshippers waved palm branches.|
How quickly the tide would turn. Only a few days later, one of His own would betray Him and the shouts of adoration would sour. The palm branches littering the streets turned brown as quickly as attitudes toward the Messiah had mutated into doubt.
The same hands that been raised in worship curled into fists raised in hatred while the voices cried, “Crucify!”
Attitudes about miracles transformed into skepticism and hope slipped away when the Savior of the world became a prisoner. Confusion reigned and fear replaced faith as even his own circle of followers ran and hid.
Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey as the Prince of Peace. He left the city as a criminal carrying a cross. He submitted to the hands of sinful men to pay the price we all deserved.
When He returns He will be on a stallion as a conquering King. Sinners will be the ones submitting to judgement because they didn’t accept the price He paid.
May we say, "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord", and raise our palms in adoration to our King.
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