READING Matthew 21:1-11
Instead of cowering in fear, knowing that He was a wanted man, Jesus chose to enter Jerusalem in a noticeable, and yet somehow subversive, way. Most Jewish people at the time would have expected the Messiah to be a political figure, riding in on a white horse and promising to overthrow the Roman government. Instead, Jesus entered on the back of a beast of burden, a lowly donkey – one of the same creatures present at his lowly birth. He turned the expectations upside down, and for one brief moment, people were ready to receive Him. They sensed that He was something special, and they lifted Him up in praise. However, Jesus knew what was coming. He knew that in less than a week, the same mouths would be chanting for His death and rejoicing over His demise. Even still, He humbled Himself and willingly entered Jerusalem, knowing that it would be there He would give the ultimate sacrifice to save His beloved creation.
And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”