Reading: Matthew 21: 2-11
Verse 9: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
In our passage today, Jesus enters Jerusalem to the praises of a large crowd. His entry is like a victory parade in some ways. Jesus comes riding into the city amongst happy and excited people. They are praising Jesus, much as they would a victorious king returning from battle. But Jesus is riding in on a donkey, not a powerful and majestic war horse. The prophet Zechariah had written that the king of peace would enter the holy city riding on a donkey. Jesus fulfills this prophecy as He enters the city.
Many line the way and lay down cut branches and even their cloaks as Jesus comes along. There is growing excitement in the crowd. Certainly some here are Jesus’disciples and followers. Most of the others have probably heard of Jesus. But there are probably a few in the crowd waving Palm branches and shouting out, “Hosanna…” who turn to their neighbor and ask, “Who is this”? They may be in the crowd and may even be cheering, but they do not know who this Jesus is. Our passage reports, “The whole city was stirred”. There is excitement and a buzz that can be easy to get caught up in.
Just as there are some there that see all that is going on and get caught up in the buzz, there are some in our lives that sense a pull towards Jesus, but still ask, “Who is this”? Maybe they see Jesus in our lives or they have had a brush with His presence. Maybe they are hurting or are curious. Something is drawing them to know about this Jesus. Hopefully they see Jesus in us and in how we live our lives. This may lead them to ask us, “Who is this”?
May we be ready to answer, to testify to who Jesus is to us and to share the good news of what Jesus has done in our lives. May we be ready and willing to proclaim His name and to shout, “Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord”!