With six days to live, Jesus enters Jerusalem riding on a colt, the fowl of a donkey.  This is no ordinary ride, for this ride was prophesied in the book of Zechariah.  In making this ride, Jesus is proclaiming Himself to be the Messiah.

For much of his journey, Christ has avoided talk of His kingship.  Many times, he silenced demons and worshippers alike, who wanted to announce His authority.  He avoided more than once the crowds attempts to coronate Him on the spot.  In fact, lately he has tried to get his closest disciples to understand the true reason for his coming. But, even they seem more interested in jockeying for position in the coming kingdom than Christ real purpose in coming.

This will be the road of no return.  For while the pilgrims greet Jesus with “Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord”,  Jesus has powerful enemies bent on his destruction.  On the other hand, this is the reason why He has come.  He was born to die on the cross for the sins of man.  Perhaps, the Father has allowed this spontaneous moment of worship and adoration to encourage Jesus.  But, His response is surprising.

The Bible says that suddenly, in the midst of the procession, Jesus begins to weep.  Perhaps it’s the thought of spending a last week with his closest friends.  Maybe he foresees the eventual destruction of Jerusalem, or perhaps He knows that this pageantry will be short-lived.  For in six days, Jesus Christ will go from a celebrated hero, to a convicted criminal, and His punishment will be death by crucifixion.  

Today, let us contemplate the reason that Jesus walked that road into Jerusalem and let us focus on His sense of mission and purpose.  In doing so, this will cause us to say, “Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”

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