The Old Testament prophesies of the coming Messiah said, that the Messiah would enter the city riding on a donkey.– R.C. Sproul.
Palm Sunday, the triumphal entry of Jesus, can be read throughout the four Gospels, in Matthew 21:1-9, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44 and John 12:12-19. This day is an important event, and the writers of the Gospel recognized that as inspired by the Holy Spirit. Most of us might know the story of how Jesus entered Jerusalem. Moreover, we might also know that the Israelites laid down their cloaks and palms on the road where Jesus travelled. The palm branches symbolize victory, and as the Israelites laid down these branches followed Jesus, they glorified God by saying, Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest! (Luke 29:38). Let us look into Jesus’ perception of the event.
Today’s devotional reading is from the Book of Luke 19:41-42. Please, read our recent devotional from the Book of Jeremiah 50:20: The Saving Grace Of God Wiped Out Our Transgressions
Jesus Wept During His Triumphal Entry
Only in the Gospel according to Luke can we find the emotions of Jesus during His triumphal entry. While the Israelites were rejoicing and praising God, Jesus wept for their future (Luke 19:41-42).
John MacArthur wrote in his commentary, Jesus knew the true superficiality of the people’s hearts, for the same people would soon cry for His death. All along Jesus knew what He has to do in His ministry. And that is to obey the Father’s will, even to the point of death on the cross (Philippians 2:8).
Rejoice For Jesus’ Triumphal Entry
Let us remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem with a grateful and rejoicing heart. For the reason that this day marked the start of Jesus’ work for our salvation. Furthermore, we rejoice not because He died. Rather, He offered Himself willingly to die in our place and resurrected to defeat death.
How wonderful indeed is our Saviour. Jesus willingly obeyed the will of the Father, despite the knowledge of His suffering and death. Moreover, we can see the love that is from the Father to us through His Son and the love of the Son to the Father by saving us, even though we are wretched.
Therefore, let us not take for granted the work of Jesus on the cross that started with His triumphal entry. Let us repent from our transgressions. And place our faith in Him who loves and saves us even yet when we were sinners. Accept Jesus Now.
This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV.
- What is your knowledge about Palm Sunday?
- How do you commemorate this day?
- What is your reflection on Jesus’ obedience to the Father?
- How are you sharing the Good News with others?
- Why are we to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with all? Here are some reasons why.
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- Seek the Good for Others
Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for the Good News of Jesus Christ. We thank you, Jesus Christ, that you lived in the flesh the life that we cannot live, perfect, blameless, righteous. O Lord, thank you for your faithfulness and obedience to the will of God. Thank you that you took the punishment, death on the cross, for our sins. And physically resurrected the third day to give us a new life in you. May the Holy Spirit strengthen our faith, so we can share that Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ until the day when You will come again.
We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen