Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the king of Israel!
When Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey, the crowd knew it was him. They laid down palm branches and rejoiced and yelled out "Hosanna!" which means save. They had been waiting for their savior for hundreds of years. When Jesus came in on that donkey, the crowd welcomed him. They wanted him there to save them. They were rejoicing that the prophecy had finally been fulfilled.
Be full of joy, O people of Zion! Call out in a loud voice, O people of Jerusalem! See, your King is coming to you. He is fair and good and has the power to save. He is not proud and sits on a donkey, on the son of a female donkey. (Zechariah 9:9 NLV)
Only days later, this same crowd was yelling again.
Come down from the cross if you are the son of God.
He saved others, but he can't save himself.
They saw Jesus. They wanted him and welcomed him with rejoicing. Then just a few days later, they doubted and insulted him.
When you look at this crowd, you wonder how this could happen. It seems like such an impossible scenario. However, this is us today. We are the crowd, and most of us do this.
We believe and rejoice when we see God moving and working, and when we need him to save us. We welcome Jesus into our life and ask others to pray for us when we get sick or when our grandmother is in the hospital.
When we don't feel like we need help in our life, that's when we start falling into the 'Jesus? Nah, I'm good' trap.
What the people of Jerusalem didn't realize was that Jesus was there to save them. He was there to die and take on all their sins. He did this so all our sins can now be forgiven and we can have a relationship with God through Jesus.
We need Jesus. We need him even when things are going well in our life. We don't just need to welcome him with palm branches when we want help or when we want him to save us.
Moments after Jesus died, the earth shook, rocks split and tombs broke open. The Roman soldiers who were guarding Jesus said,
“Surely he was the Son of God!” (Matthew 27:54).
Do you only welcome Jesus when you need him? Are you thankful each day for what he has done for you?
Let us reflect this Easter weekend on what all Jesus has done to save us.