On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.John 12:12-13
I wonder what Jesus was thinking, as the events that we now associate with “Palm Sunday”, were unfolding before His eyes. I wonder if He looked upon them with a sad smile as they praised God for the Warrior King (just like His ancestor King David) and Miracle Worker that was surely come to free them from enslavement to the Roman Empire.
I wonder if His heart broke a little as He saw the same faces that were elated in Joy and Praise at His triumphant entry, contort in passionate rage as their mouths called down curses on Him and called for His crucifixion a few days later.
Confronting Jesus was a temptation akin to the third temptation He’d faced from “The Tempter” (Matthew 4:8-10). Bow to immense pressure from the Jewish populace (a people for whom He had so much love) and even His disciples, to become an all-conquering Warrior King with worldwide renown, or continue the Path to the Cross.
It did not make any sense to the Jewish people why Jesus’ kingdom would be anything other than political. As far as they understood, He ticked all the boxes, and then some- He’d fulfilled a number of Kingly Prophecies (Zechariah 9:9, Micah 5:2, Isaiah 9:6-7); He had divine power and authority which had been demonstrated many times; He had the airs of Royalty around Him, with overwhelming charisma to boot.
Even His disciples with whom He had spent so much time did not understand what exactly Jesus was trying to achieve- they were just doing what they were told to do.
Yet in all of this, Jesus never lost sight of “the Joy that was set before Him”- He never lost sight of His purpose.
What is your life’s purpose? What has God told you? What has been revealed to you in the Word of God? Purpose is what gives existence its meaning- without purpose, there really is nothing to live for, or die for.
Whatever it is that is your life’s purpose, do not give into the temptation to settle for something less, or something that looks like it, but isn’t it.
These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.John 12:16
What are those difficult choices you have to take in the pursuit of purpose? What are those sacrifices you have to make? What are those easier pathways you’re bypassing so you can become who God has called you to be? It all may seem difficult right now, but like Jesus we must stick with the Path God has laid out before us. That’s the only way we can get to where God wants us to be.
Dear Friend, don’t quit, don’t give up, and don’t give in. Sooner or later when the “Glorification” comes, it’ll all make sense. And then with a Joy that is sweetened with “complete” understanding, we’ll sing and shout Hosanna in the Highest!