Triumphant Entry & Torn Stuffs
Week 15: 02/04/2023. Sun
Jesus' entry into the Jerusalem city on "Palm Sunday" brought about much joy for some, yet embarassment for others. The large crowd "took branches of spalm trees and went out to meet him" (John 12:13). The use of palm branches signified Jesus' victory over enemies of all kinds. What's your reaction?
To the 2nd group–the Pharisees, Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem reminded them that their energetic struggles and schemes against Him brought no traction. In fact, the Pharisees said to one another, "You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him" (John 12:19). The entry of Jesus into history torn the crowd away from the Pharisees, a re-ordering of loyalties and hierarchies.
To the 3rd group–the Sadducees "who say that there is no resurrection" (Matt 22:23), the presence of the resurrected Lazarus (John 11:44) and related testimonies (John 12:10) in their community was a big embarassment to their doctrine of "no resurrection possible". The entry of Jesus into history torn away their cherished erroneous doctrine.
To the 4th group on the fence, Jesus' entry into Jerusalem and history fulfilled Old Testament prophecy (Zechariah 9:9)–He was the one chosen by The LORD to bring about the kingdom of God and salvation of Israel and bring similar blessings to the world in fulfillment of the LORD's promises to Abraham (Gen 12:3).
Even though Jesus was popular, He remained humble, riding on a "young donkey" (12:14) rather than on a high horse. What's your stance today?
REFLECTION: Do you sense following Jesus faithfully would tear/overhaul your previous lifestyles? To which group do you belong?