Sunday - Five Days. That strange rumor going around yesterday - well, its true! This man, Jesus, entered Jerusalem today and what an event! He entered like royalty! The crowds were packed in to see Him. They were waving palm leafs, cheering for Him, and spreading their cloaks for Him! What a sight! What an event!
Imagine: You are from a distant city. You had heard rumors of a Man, Jesus, who could heal the sick and drive out demons. As you traveled closer to Jerusalem, you started hearing about the wondrous teachings of this Man. This Man, who defies the Pharisees and religious leaders. This Man, who speaks of love and serving others. Maybe you would get a chance to hear this Man for yourself! Surely such a great teacher would come to Jerusalem for Passover as well!
Jesus entered as a king. He was riding on a donkey (as foretold in Zechariah 9:9). People were placing their cloaks on the road before Him, an act typically reserved for kings. People were waving palm leafs and shouting "Hosanna!" which means "save now." Jesus would save them, but not in the way they imagined. After He entered the city, Jesus went up to the temple and observed all that was occurring. He saw the exorbitant prices people were charged for animals for sacrifice. He saw the people being charged to exchange their money for temple coin in order to pay the Passover tax. He saw people passing through the outer court, using it as a shortcut through the city. He saw the temple being defiled. And then He left and returned to Bethany for the night.
What? He left?! Yes, Jesus did not act rashly or impulsively. He observed and left. There is no doubt He was upset at what He saw. His Father's house was being treated with disrespect! That night He prayed, prayed for wisdom, guidance, and direction as to the proper action to take. It is an example we all should follow.
Oh, what a difference five days would make! Jesus was welcomed with open arms and glad heart. The city was packed with crowds larger than normal, as they had come to celebrate Passover. Word of Him had spread and most were glad to welcome Him. Of course in five days, the crowds would gather again. They would again cheer for Him, only this time, it would be for His death. He knew all this. Was He able to enjoy the moment? The welcome the Son of God should have had? Or did it cast a shadow over the celebration?