Our current political environment can cause us to desire a political savior, but that’s not what we really need. The people in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday thought Jesus would save them from Rome, but he would save them from something far more dangerous.
Jesus rode in to Jerusalem, 2000 or so years ago, to a “very large crowd” shouting:
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
The crowd had thrown their coats and branches on the ground, and they welcomed Jesus with shouts of “Hosanna,” which means “save now” or “save, we pray.” They made such a fuss that the Pharisees asked Jesus to shush up his disciples, and they were told by Jesus that if the crowd kept quiet then the rocks would have to cry out.
Matthew tells us that the “whole city was stirred and asked, ‘Who is this?‘”
The crowd likely saw Jesus as the long awaited Messiah, or at least they hoped that was the case. They were correct, but what they expected the Messiah to do and what Jesus actually did…
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