Matthew 21:8-11 (NLT)
Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the lord! Praise God in highest heaven!”10The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. “Who is this?” they asked. 11And the crowds replied, “It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Can you imagine what the day must have been like? For almost 33 years Jesus had walked the planet, and His days on earth were drawing to a close. Jesus knew that fact, yet few others were listening close enough to understand this.
In fact this day, known as “Palm Sunday” in our Easter week celebration, seemed to be a normal day where Jesus and His followers were greeted, appreciated and welcomed by the residents of the major city of the world. Jesus was about His Father’s business from day one, and this day was no different.
What hurts my mind and heart the most is something that people have been shocked by since that first Palm Sunday. Just a few days later Jesus would be arrested and eventually crucified. There was a plan in place. This plan was bigger than national security and much older. It started in the Garden of Eden and continued through the cross, the resurrection and on through eternity.
Jesus was there at the start, and He will be there through the end. But this day was one of pomp and circumstance, or more accurately praise and worship of the man who sold out to showing the world, every person, that our gracious God is in total control.
“Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.” People walked with Jesus. People watched His miracles and interacted with His family. People were the reason. And people are still the reason that God has a plan.
Now it is our turn. It is our turn to sing His praise. It our turn to honor Him with our lives. It our turn to proclaim …
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners;
It was those words that Jesus quoted and said that He was fulfilling them in the hearing of those around Him. We step in. We are the people who shouted His praise on Palm Sunday. We were the people on His mind while Jesus was on the cross.
As we prepare for Easter spend some time alone worshipping and spend time with your Christian family worshipping. Our focus has to be on the one who matters. Don’t let the distractions of the enemy or even of good things take your mind and heart off of the Savior.
He is our Easter. He is our friend. He is God. He is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!