Six days before Passover, a day known by Christians as Palm Sunday, Jesus came towards Jerusalem riding on a donkey. It was a fulfilment of Zechariah’s prophecy regarding the Messiah. This was in stark contrast to what John saw about the future, at the end of the age, when Jesus would return to the earth again, but this time riding on a horse, a white horse. So, in comparison to His majestic and dreadful Return, Jesus’ first entry was humble and loved.
The people saw Him while He was still some ways from the city gates, and they all rushed towards Him, shouting, “Hosanna. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord”. They also laid palm branches on the way. Clearly they see in Jesus the answer to their nationalistic, messianic hopes. But within days, their views would change drastically when they realised that Jesus would not be the king they wanted Him to be. He will be king, a lion – one day – but for now He must be a lamb. Their refrain changed too: from “Hosanna” to “Crucify Him!”
Today, many still are mistaken about who Jesus is. I am not talking about the historical Jesus: the Son of God, the Word made flesh, the lamb that takes away the sins of the world. He is still all that, and more. When Jesus was raised from the dead by the power of God, He was given a name above every other name. And at His name every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Don’t make the same mistake the Jews of the first century made.