The triumphant entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem is a momentous event that is recorded in Matthew 21:1-11. This event, commonly known as Palm Sunday, marks the beginning of the Holy Week and is a significant event in the life of every Christian. It is a moment of great triumph, joy, and hope as Jesus enters the city, riding on a donkey, while crowds of people shout praises and wave palm branches in His honor.
As we read this account, we see how Jesus fulfills prophecy by entering the city on a donkey, just as it was foretold in Zechariah 9:9. This event also serves as a demonstration of Jesus' kingship, with the crowds shouting "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" (Matthew 21:9 ESV). The crowds recognized Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah, the one who would deliver them from their bondage and bring them salvation.
As we reflect on this event, there are several encouraging lessons that we can draw from it. First and foremost, we see that Jesus is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. He is the one who brings salvation and deliverance to all who put their faith in Him. Just as the crowds recognized Jesus as the Messiah, we too must recognize Him as the Lord of our lives and put our faith in Him.
Secondly, we see that Jesus is a humble King. He did not enter the city on a majestic horse, but on a donkey, symbolizing His humility and willingness to serve. He came not to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). As His followers, we too must be willing to humble ourselves and serve others, just as Jesus did.
Finally, we see that Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem is a foretaste of His ultimate victory over sin and death. As we approach Easter, we are reminded that Jesus' triumph over death on the cross is the ultimate victory, and we can have hope in the knowledge that we too will share in His victory over death and have eternal life through faith in Him.
In conclusion, Jesus' victorious entrance into Jerusalem is a powerful reminder of who He is and what He came to do. He is the King who came to serve, to save, and to conquer sin and death. As we celebrate Palm Sunday and enter into Holy Week, let us be encouraged by this event and remember that we too can share in Jesus' victory through faith in Him. Hosanna in the highest!
Senior Pastor Clark Ortiz