Palm Sunday – Easter devotion
Luke 19: 28-44
Review is always 20/20. While we are in a particular situation, we tend to recognize things as what they are not, and infer incorrect meanings. We kick and think: If only I had known what I know now!
The triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem must have been one of those moments for his disciples. It seemed like a wonderful day for them – and it was, but for different reasons than they thought. They thought the Messiah had come to restore Israel's power in the world. But God had something else in mind.
The disciples were not the only ones who had misconceptions about the Messiah. Many Jews of the time expected that he would be an earthly king. When the crowd heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they cheered: “Hosanna! "What does" Save now! "They saw Him as their new king who had come to deliver salvation from political and social oppression. He raised the dead – no doubt he could restore David's kingdom and free them from Roman rule.
Jesus sat on a donkey and resembled a ruler who returned to his city in peacetime. Loyal subjects lined his way with coats and palm fronds. Even the Pharisees watched indignantly and said, "Look, the world has followed him" (John 12:19).
Think back this week to the times when circumstances looked in one direction but turned out to be quite different. Remember when you realized that God was different than you imagined and saw that His will unfolded in a surprising way. Look for an opportunity to share your findings with a friend or loved one.
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Originally published April 5, 2020.