They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords enters Jerusalem but without all the pomp and circumstance that usually goes along with the entrance of a king or a celebrity. When we think about a grand entrance for a king or celebrity we picture something a little different. It would probably include a red carpet, a fancy outfit and a limo.
Jesus’ entrance was on a donkey, not a limo or even a grand stallion. Just the imagery of the donkey brings to mind a beast of burden; pretty perfect when you know He will be carrying the burden of all our sins with Him to the cross in just a few short days. Instead of a red carpet rolled out for Him, his followers laid down their cloaks and palm branches before Him.
Jesus remained a humble servant throughout His ministry and even as it led Him to suffer death on our behalf. It is so difficult for us to be humble because it is exactly the opposite of what society tells us to be. Rather than being humble and putting other’s needs above our own, we try to promote ourselves and our accomplishments.
Spend a little reflecting on your own life. How humble have you been in the last week? When did you put someone else’s needs above yours? Focus on being humble this week and the tremendous humility of Christ. His triumphal entry began on Palm Sunday and ended on Easter Sunday when He was risen to be with the Father in heaven forever.