John 12:12-19; Mark 11:1-11

As with many of the events of Jesus’ final week before His resurrection, His entry into Jerusalem is one that was utterly misunderstood at the time for its significance. 

The crowds thought they knew what was happening.  They knew what the prophets had foretold, and they believed this was the moment they had anticipated for so long.

I wonder if it frustrated Jesus as he approached Jerusalem to see so many whose hopes were misguided. 

They thought they knew what they needed – who they needed.  A conquering king, who would save them from Roman oppressors. 

They didn’t realize that what they needed was a conquering King who would humble Himself, in order to save them from themselves and the oppression of sin and Satan.

They were not looking for someone who would follow up this triumphal fanfare by walking right into the temple and getting in their business. 

The Messiah was supposed to be the answer to their problems, the one who would let them live life as they pleased and remove the hardships that made their days difficult.

It’s as if two thousand years makes no difference.

Forgive us, Lord, for our shouts of praise focused solely on what you can give us.  We have only just begun to understand who you are and why you came.

May we not withdraw our praise when you act in ways we don’t expect.

And may we look forward with great joy to the day when every eye will see you as you really are.

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True … He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God … Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations … On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:  KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.  (Revelation 19:11,13,15-16)