This post will not be lengthy because I do not want you to read me today. I want you to read Scripture. After finishing this, I strongly encourage you to read Matthew 21, John 12 beginning in verse 12, Luke 19 beginning in verse 28, and Mark 11. These all are the parallel accounts, given in Scripture, of the Triumphal Entry of Jesus. Please meditate on these passages today.
Today is Palm Sunday, so named because of the palm branches upon which Jesus walked as he entered the gates of Jerusalem to begin Passion Week. I do not intend to focus on the palm branches here though, as I am sure there will be plenty written on the subject today that is much better than I can produce. I want to focus on Jesus’ means of transportation and the praise he received from the crowds.
Jesus entered the city on a donkey. (Mt. 21:1-7) This is significant because donkeys are lowly animals. Jesus is the Savior. He is the Christ. Yet he mounts a donkey to enter into Jerusalem. This is the Lord of Glory, the Word of God, who has condescended to take upon himself flesh (Jn. 1:14) and now condescends further to present himself humbly before his people. He rides out before them in great humility, and they cheer, praising the Lord. They are overjoyed to see the fulfillment of Psalm 118. They even quote it! (Ps. 118:25-26; Mt. 21:9) They realize the beauty of what it is they are seeing. They realize that this is truly the Christ!
Philippians 2:5-11 (ESV)
5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Let us remember the humility of our Lord today. He was under no obligation to save us. Soli Deo Gloria!