Palm Sunday

Jesus came to Jerusalem riding on a borrowed donkey knowing full well of His impending doom.
The people rejoiced and welcomed Him laying branches of palms trees down before Him.
The joyous occasion was like a wedding feast in celebration of an honored groom.

At the temple He taught, healed, and drove out the money-changers.
He chastened merchants who made His Father’s house a den of thieves.
Jesus made pubic His spiritual kingdom regardless of the dangers.

No longer did the Lord encourage His disciples to remain quiet.
The lowly King now received the worship and praise of the people openly.
However many were looking for Jesus to revolt against Rome ensuing a riot.

So the crowd quickly turned on Him not understanding His was a spiritual kingdom.
Jesus came as a servant to conquer His people by love, grace, and mercy.
He sacrificed His life to win hearts and minds by offering peace with God and freedom.

~~Estelle P. Shrum

The story of the triumphal entry is one of contrasts and those contrasts are the application to believers. It is the story of the King who came as a lowly servant on a donkey, not a prancing steed, not in royal robes, but on the clothes of the poor and humble. Jesus Christ comes not to conquer by force as earthly kings, but by love, grace, mercy, and His own sacrifice for His people. His is not a kingdom of armies and splendor, but of lowliness and servant hood. He conquers not nations, but hearts and minds. His message is one of peace with God, not of temporal peace. If Jesus has made a triumphal entry into our hearts, He reigns there in peace and love. As His followers, we exhibit those same qualities, and the world sees the true King living and reigning in triumph in us. (The story of Palm Sunday is mentioned in all four Gospels (John 12:1, 12); (Matthew 21:1-17; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:29-40; John 12:12-19).