Reading: Luke 19: 28-40
Most of life is routine. We settle into our daily schedules and we prioritize so we can accomplish all we need to get done. We sometimes experience a blip but we can usually push through and get back on track. As Jesus began the journey to Jerusalem, He knew the journey would end at the cross. Not many journeys end this way. But even Jesus kept on track – He taught and healed along the way as He neared the city.
Then came the parade. He sent two disciples ahead to find a vehicle for the guest of honor but that was all Jesus did in terms of organizing the parade. Note that He did not send two disciples to this town and two to this village to drum up a big crowd. Jesus simply got on a donkey and headed towards Jerusalem. As the parade continued it picked up momentum on its own. After all, the guest of honor was someone lots of people had heard about and wanted to see. By word of mouth the parade route filled up and energy grew.
Clip-clop after clip-clop excitement built and pretty soon the crowd began to sing and shout and cheer. The people who came out to see Jesus, this simple man who taught and healed in powerful ways, were suddenly cheering for a King who could raise up a powerful army to defeat the Romans.
I think Jesus knew where the building emotions would lead to as the parade continued. The idea of a King to lead by power and might is just so juxtaposed to who Jesus was. He never used the power and might that was surely His to use. Jesus’ power came in how He loved others, in how He built relationships, and in how He humbly served. The parade served to show the world who Jesus was not. He lived to show us who He was so that as His disciples we would follow His example. May we go forth into the world to love, to build relationships, and to serve others humbly, all for His glory and all for His kingdom.