This morning we grabbed our Bibles and notebooks (and Mommy’s caffeine), gathered on the couch, and read the account of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem… That familiar story we’ve read each Palm Sunday. You know the one… Where Jesus’ disciples obeyed his command to go get the colt… How everything transpired just as Jesus said it would… How this young, untrained animal carried the Savior of the world into town… And how the people saw Jesus coming and threw down their cloaks and palm branches, shouting, “Hosanna!” (Which literally means save us.)
Oh, what a refreshing reminder this was to kick off this week! This familiar story that we’ve read and read came alive with fresh meaning once again. Beginning with the fact that Jesus knew what was happening and why it was happening… And He still does. He knew where the colt was, He knew what needed to be said, and He knew that it all needed to happen as it happened for a purpose- His purpose. He is the Son of God. He could have ridden into town on a more majestic animal. He could have split the sky open and come into town with thunder and lightning and let them know the king had arrived. He created the universe, for crying out loud! But that wasn’t the plan. That didn’t fulfill the prophecy, and it wouldn’t have suited the purpose. He knew the message that needed to be relayed, and He knew the means by which to relay it. He knew all that needed to be known then, and He still knows now.
Do you see the recognition of the Savior in this account? From the disciples sent to get the animal to the young colt to the people on the side of the road, they all saw Jesus for who He is. The disciples didn’t question Jesus when He told them to go take this animal that would be tied up. When you read that, it sounds preposterous! Walk down the road until you see this colt tied up, then untie it and take it away without permission? That would certainly raise some questions.. .but the disciples just obeyed. They trusted their Lord, trusted His instruction, trusted His plan, and it worked. And when they brought this animal to Him, it seemed to know its Creator, its Master, and it calmly obeyed His command and carried Jesus into town. The people watched for Jesus, and threw down their cloaks to pave the way for the King, calling out Hosanna!, recognizing Jesus as the One who saves. What a word to each of us- a call to pause and see Jesus for who He is, to worship Him, to bow before Him, to praise His name and proclaim Him as the only One who can save us. In this time where everyone is looking for someone to step in and save the day, what relief there is in knowing that ultimately there is One who can bring us the salvation we all long for!
Yes, these were indeed great reminders for me on this Monday. But do you know what was even more remarkable? My children. I directed them to this passage this morning, but they made the connections. They retold the account to me with enthusiasm, reading deeper than the words on the page, pointing all of us to Jesus. It was more than palm branches and riding on a donkey. They got it, and they shared it, and my heart swelled with love as I saw them get excited about Him. And as much love and joy as I felt in that moment watching my children love Jesus and talk about Him with such passion, there was the slightest twinge of guilt… because just how often does my Father’s heart swell with love because of my bubbling over about Jesus? Certainly not as often as it should. As these girls of mine learn and grow in Him, I find more and more that I am steadily learning and growing just as much alongside them.