Jesus is indeed on the trail now…in fact, on Palm Sunday, the trail itself is the important thing. Jesus is on the move, heading to Jerusalem. He rode a donkey colt, because the prophet Zechariah had prophesied:
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!
Lo, your king comes to you, triumphant and victorious is he,
humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
We love this joyful parade – the last exuberant moment in Jesus’ earthly life. He has arrived at the center of it all – Jerusalem! Here is a time when the people rallied around Jesus and celebrated his strange and wonderful kingship – a slap in the face of the Roman overlords who oppressed the people of Israel. How did these poor people have the nerve to walk with Jesus into Jerusalem? They were risking their lives to be with him. Why?
So let us gather this Sunday and join them in their love and devotion for King Jesus – a humble king such as the world had never known. A king of love. A king of mercy and forgiveness. A king willing to give up his life for his people. Are we brave enough to come bear witness to this king in our lives?
Christians everywhere will gather on Sunday with branches of palms, singing “All glory, laud, and honor,” professing our faith in this most unusual king Jesus. Will you join in this witness to the world? JBM