Today is Palm Sunday, a day when we remember the coming of Jesus into Jerusalem. On this day, the crowds gathered around Jesus and praised his coming. Many believed he would start a revolution that would overthrow the Roman government and institute a new political reign that would restore Israel’s fortunes. This was not Jesus’ plan, however. He came to Jerusalem not to defeat the Roman rulers through the shedding of their blood, but to defeat sin and death itself through the shedding of his own blood.
I can imagine that if I was in Jesus’ place it would be very tempting to follow the crowd. The whole city was looking to Jesus, calling on him to do what they believed they needed. Jesus, however, knew he was called to something else—something greater, but harder.
As we enter into Holy Week, I am going to think about how I am responding to the crowds. All around me, people are telling me what success looks like. They are telling me to run after riches, or power, or fame.
God has something much better for me, but much harder. God is calling me to be the person I was made to be. God is calling you, too.
I pray that as we take these final steps toward Easter, you will find that you are listening more closely to the voice of God and following God’s call in every area of your life.
Questions of the Day
What do the voices in your world call for you to do, and might that be different than what God is calling you to do and be?
- What’s one way you think God is speaking to you this week?
The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”