Jesus Triumphant

The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,


“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Blessed is the king of Israel!”

Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:

“Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;
see, your king is coming,
seated on a donkey’s colt.”

At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.

Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!” John 12:12-19

Jesus entered Jerusalem triumphant. People worshipped Him, praised Him and gave honor to Him. The Pharisees were left standing around wondering what kind of mess they were getting into. You see the ups and downs of both Jesus’ ministry, and of those who sought to take him prisoner and kill him. Fortunately for Jesus, He moved among the people and was probably surrounded by dozens at any given time. If the Pharisees would have made their move to seize him, they would have been met with an angry, disgruntled lot.

Read those words of praise again and Bless the Lord Your God. He is worthy.

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