Sunday, April 9, 2017

The King Enters Jerusalem (Palm Sunday 2017)


Palm Sunday is bittersweet.  The Galilean pilgrims thronging with him to Passover shout his kingship over Israel as their Messiah.  The Judean crowds were perplexed over the commotion.  The Judean civil and religious authorities were angered or worried over his claim to the throne.  Yet Jesus didn't come to conquer Jerusalem with forces; he came to conquer it with his sacrifice on the cross.  And of the 180,000 crowding Jerusalem at that time he was the only one to understand his role.