This is the week of Easter and I have, as an adult, had a fondness for this week. Along with Christmas it is the reason we have hope, the ultimate hope in Christ. I don’t think we truly come to appreciate the week of Easter until we are older and understand the meaning of the each day in the life of Christ.
As kids we are all about the egg hunts, candy, craft making in Sunday school, mom making me dress up, and at least for the girls it was getting new clothes! I still enjoy these activities and the family time but I don’t want to lose the significance behind what happened on Palm Sunday and this whole week.
Leading up to this week Jesus performed miracles so people would believe, have increased faith, and see that he was who he said he was.
Miracles Leading up to Palm Sunday
- Water in Wine
- Healing the Government Official’s son
- Healing the Lame Man at Bethesda
- Feeding the 5000
- Walking on Water
- Raising Lazarus from the dead
All four accounts of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on the back of a colt/donkey can be read in Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, and John 12:12-19. Each account is different based on the author but there are similarities. Luke is more detailed while John is very matter of fact and has the shortest account.
As Jesus enters the gates of Jerusalem he is fulfilling the prophecy found in Zechariah 9:9, and people think that he is there to liberate them, to be their king. He is there to be their king but not in the way they think. People thought he would restore the nation, but Jesus chose this time and place due to the number of people that would be in Jerusalem. His restoration was one of the spirit. The people that are praising him at this time saying Hosanna will be calling for him to be crucified by the end of the week.
The meaning of Hosanna in Hebrew is to save, rescue, and is only used when referring to Jesus or the Son of David.
Can you imagine the stress that Jesus felt as He was ushered into Jerusalem knowing what would would happen in a weeks time? There are days I can barely make through the day knowing what I have coming up in a few hours, let alone knowing that I would die in such a way. Let’s take time this week to be mindful of the sacrifice made on our behalf. Christ was willing to take on the sins of the world so you and I can have everlasting life with him in heaven one day all it takes is asking him to forgive you of your sins and to come and live in your heart.