I grabbed my Bible this morning and was looking up scripture references for Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Sunday is known as Palm Sunday.
I had to laugh to myself a bit, as most would. This has to be one of the most humble things one could imagine – Christ riding into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey.
This world’s great men would never be caught in such low circumstances. Just yesterday, our President arrived in Israel to great pomp – flying in on Air Force One and then being shuffled around in a vehicle known affectionately as “The Beast” – the presidential limousine. Unlike this very expensive, armored vehicle, the donkey Christ rode into Jerusalem on didn’t break down because someone put the wrong kind of fuel
in it. <LOL> This isn’t the first time President Obama has had issues with his ride on a trip.
I read about some of the features of “The Beast” yesterday. Along with 5-inch thick ceramic and steel armor, there are several units of the Presidents blood on board in case somebody decides to go all Lee Harvey Oswald on him. The President’s team works to prevent any critical blood loss. Christ comes to spill it, willingly, for us!
We’ve all seen the pomp surrounding the installation of a new pope in Rome and it’s a worldwide event when something goes on with the royal foppish dandies in England. The prominent men and women of this world ride in Cadillac style while our Lord goes about in the equivalent of a Yugo. BUT – as Matthew Henry states below in the excerpt from his commentary, this will certainly NOT be the case when Christ returns in glory.
And Christ didn’t choose this mode of transportation out of a lack of resources. You’ll remember that one of His many deserved titles is King of kings, and the glory and splendor He left in order to come to us would make all the pomp of this world’s leaders look like so many filthy rags. As one of my favorite songs performed by Sandi Patty states regarding the road He walked while carrying his cross down the Via Dolorosa:
Like a lamb came the Messiah, Christ the King
But He chose to walk that road out of His love for you and me
Via Dolorosa performed by Sandi Patty
Watch this video. If you’re not in tears by the end of it, you must be dead. I’m sitting here now with tears running down my face onto my sweat pants, mucous streaming from my nose. All I can ask myself after reading about this and watching this video is, “My God, what have I done?”
What an awful yet beautiful mess. This Easter season, meditate much on the passion and suffering of our most-gracious Lord. There is no better antidote for sin than being continually reminded of the price paid for our salvation. I doubt we can fully comprehend it in this life. I don’t observe Lent. I don’t give up cookies or chocolate or anything else. What I DO do is try to remember Christ’s words from the cross; “It is finished!” Our puny acts of contrition aren’t necessary. Nothing by way of sacrifice can be added to His perfect work. If we want to DO something, we can do this:
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Matthew 4:17b NIV
Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!
Verses covering Christ’s Triumphal Entry from Bible Gateway
A portion of Matthew Henry’s commentary on Matthew 21, verses 1-11
All the four evangelists take notice of this passage of Christ’s riding in triumph into Jerusalem, five days before his death. The passover was on the fourteenth day of the month, and this was the tenth; on which day the law appointed that the paschal lamb should be taken up (Exod. 12:3), and set apart for that service; on that day therefore Christ our Passover, who was to be sacrificed for us, was publicly showed. So that this was the prelude to his passion. He had lodged at Bethany, a village not far from Jerusalem, for some time; at a supper there the night before Mary had anointed his feet, John 12:3. But, as usual with ambassadors, he deferred his public entry till some time after his arrival. Our Lord Jesus travelled much, and his custom was to travel on foot from Galilee to Jerusalem, some scores of miles, which was both humbling and toilsome; many a dirty weary step he had when he went about doing good. How ill does it become Christians to be inordinately solicitous about their own ease and state, when their Master had so little of either! Yet once in his life he rode in triumph; and it was now when he went into Jerusalem, to suffer and die, as if that were the pleasure and preferment he courted; and then he thought himself begin to look great.
Now here we have,
I. The provision that was made for this solemnity; and it was very poor and ordinary, and such as bespoke his kingdom to be not of this world. Here were no heralds at arms provided, no trumpet sounded before him, no chariots of state, no liveries; such things as these were not agreeable to his present state of humiliation, but will be far outdone at his second coming, to which his magnificent appearance is reserved, when the last trumpet shall sound, the glorious angels shall be his heralds and attendants, and the clouds his chariots.