It’s called Holy Week and it’s the celebration of one of the most significant events of all time. The history marker is 2,000 years ago and the world labels its beginning as “The Triumphal Entry.”
A colt was borrowed and a parade of unprecedented significance gathered the residents of Jerusalem. The crowd was ecstatic, raising palm branches and calling out “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” The declaration of a new king rang out from a wayward people, a proud people, and a rebellious people with estranged hearts.
Jesus made His way into the city at Passover. He arrived in the midst of jubilation, not as Jesus the King the followers were expecting, but as Jesus the last sacrificial lamb to make a satisfactory atonement for sins of humanity. The people had no idea, but Jesus knew. The crowds celebrated, but Jesus wept, not for himself, but for a lost world.
And so, the foreshadowing of redemption throughout the Old Testament was fulfilled.
Moses was the deliverer of God’s chosen people from Egyptian captivity and Jesus was the final deliverer to redeem all mankind from being enslaved by sin and living a life without hope.
All of Egypt wept as the death angel swept through every home but passed over the Israelites whose doorposts were marked by the blood of a lamb. Jesus shedding His blood on the cross became the last sacrificial lamb covering His followers.
The Israelites crossed the Red Sea through the miracle of Moses parting the waters and the new believer is cleansed through the death and resurrection of Jesus as pictured in baptism.
As leaven represented sin in Israelite households and was absent from the bread of the Passover meal, so the Son of God bore the sin of mankind as He was nailed to the cross.
The cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night led the Israelites through the desert, and now Jesus is light for the world leading all those who choose to follow.
As the Israelites longed for a quenching water in the wilderness, Jesus becomes the living water to all who would receive.
Palm Sunday 2000 years ago was the beginning of every prophecy fulfilled and the Lord’s final walk to the cross. Every day of the Passover Week brought the Son of God closer to a death that would in three short days yield life.
Fast forward to Palm Sunday 2017. It is another time, a different place, and a new generation. But perhaps the same pride, the same rebellion, and the same estranged hearts shout out Hosanna, representing a culture committed to everything but the Lordship of the historical Jesus.
The Good News of the first century still rings true today. The same King still weeps, still calls, still loves, still redeems, and still waits.
Oh, to not be like the Pharisees, but to recognize and receive Him. He is our hope of redemption, He is Jesus.
We are so privileged to know and so privileged to have our sin passed over through the perfect, sacrificial blood of the only Son of God! A beautiful truth to celebrate!
“Hosanna, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”