The story of the Triumphal Entry is one that has always captivated readers. There is something engaging about Jesus entering the city humbly on a colt. And although we know the rest of the story, consider the audience. In a short period of time Jesus will be betrayed, arrested, and crucified. But I’m not sure that those standing along the road that day knew that.
Luke includes elements to the story that showcases that the audience doesn’t get it. They believe that they are on the cusp of a revolution. They believe that Jesus has arrived to overthrow the Romans and end their persecution. You can see it in their actions and their words. They believe that Jesus has come to be the earthly king that they desired. However, Jesus never claimed that he was coming for their cities, Jesus came for their hearts.
It’s easy for us to look at that crowd and judge them. I mean they missed it and they failed to see what was really happening in front of them. They were trying to make Jesus into who they wanted him to be. But if we are honest with ourselves, we do that as well. When Jesus starts sounding a lot like us rather than us sounding more like Jesus, we need to pause and reevaluate.
As we continue to move through the Easter story, we’ll turn our attention next week to the betrayal of Jesus and how that should shape our understanding of communion. I am very excited about the rest of this series and I am so thankful that you are a part of it!