1 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. 3 And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”
4 All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: 5 “ Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘ Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’”
So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. 8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “ Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘ Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’
Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” 11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.” (Matthew 21:1-11)
Jesus is making His triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The people are singing praises to Him! “Hosanna in the Highest! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord”! Hosanna? What does it mean? I searched the internet and came across this, “Let all the angels in heaven join the song of praise. Salvation! Salvation! Let the highest heaven sing the song!” (soundofgrace.com)So, the people are estatic that the Savior was here. The One which had been spoken of in the Scriptures was here! How exciting is that! They went all out to welcome Jesus! They were happy! They were in amazement! They were full of joy!
So my question, what happened to their excitement? Their joy? Their proclamation that the Savior was here?
22 Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!” 23 Then the governor said, “Why, what evil has He done?”
But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!” (Matthew 27:22-23)
One day they are shouting His praises and a few days later they are shouting, “CRUCIFY HIM, CRUCIFY HIM”! How could they change that quick? How could you praise someone one moment and shout “put him to death” the next? Does this make sense to you?
Jesus came to this world for one reason. To save it. To save you. To save me. The people had to turn against Jesus in order for this to happen. He had to go to the Cross. He had to do what God had sent Him to do. He had to complete his mission. Satan had to enter into the people in order for this to happen. Jesus had to die a horrible and painful death so that we could be saved.
I do not think about Jesus dying on the Cross just during Easter. I think about it everyday. I thank Him daily for sacrificing Himself for me. I did not deserve to be forgiven, yet God in His infinite grace and mercy said, “Yes, you do”. Jesus died for me. Jesus died for you. Why?
So, don’t just think about Jesus’ death on the Cross at Easter. Think about it everyday of your life. Thank Him daily for His death on the Cross. Thank Him for loving you so much that He laid down His life for you. God loves you so very much that He sent His One and Only Son to die for you!