“The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,
“Fear not, daughter of Zion;
behold, your king is coming,
sitting on a donkey’s colt!”
His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.” (John 12-12-19)
Today is Palm Sunday, the day in which we celebrate and remember Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem. It is also the start of “Holy Week”, the remembrance of Jesus’ last days before his death and resurrection. When Jesus was entering the city, he was celebrated by the crowd. There was a parade of people marching in with him and shouting and cheering. At the time, only Jesus knew what was to happen in only a few days. Yet, he did not shy away from coming to Jerusalem. He knew what was before him and yet he welcomed it.
As we enter a time of reflection on Jesus’ death and celebration of His resurrection, may we be mindful this week that He knows what we are going through and is there to face it with us. May that be a reminder and a comfort this week.