The Triumphal Entry
The Rev. Deacon Mike Bond
What is all the excitement about? Why are the people stripping the palm trees of their fronds? And what was all the shouting about? It’s all about Jesus. He’s the one who cured the man who was blind since birth. And that had never happened before! And it was this same Jesus who raised the dead man Lazarus, after he had been dead for four days.
They had heard about Jesus and the healings he had done, but when they heard that he was coming into town from Bethany, just two miles from Jerusalem, they got really excited to finally see Jesus and Lazarus together.
Now the temple leaders were getting really angry that so many people were becoming followers and believers of Jesus. Jesus had become a very real threat to the status quo.
When I think about all of the events of Jesus entrance into Jerusalem, I can’t help but think about the way Jesus entered my life. I had been a warrior all my life. I believed in the angry God who was just waiting to get me for all the wrong I had done. And yet Jesus came into my life not as an angry king demanding retribution, or riding in on a horse brandishing a sword, but peacefully, quietly and gently. He didn’t force me to do anything but rather brought options that I never thought I would ever have.
Jesus will test your trust in the status quo. Jesus will over turn your tables of nice neat piles you have put in perfect order. And Jesus will press you into service if you want to be his follower. But he will never force you to do anything you don’t want to do. That’s not the way he works. Jesus will draw you out. Jesus will empower you to do things you never thought of. Jesus will make a triumphal entry into your life if you will only let him.