Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled. Psalm 65:1
When David wrote this, he had no idea that thousands of years later it would be fulfilled by Jesus. The event was called the Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem: Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44 and John 12:12-19. People laid their clothes on the ground to welcome Jesus. Arriving on a donkey was a sign of peace; whereas arriving on a horse was what kings did after a war. Jesus would be crucified only days later. It would probably have been a similar group of people calling for his death and to release Barabbas.
The passage of Scripture is called the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem but He didn’t arrive to establish an Earthly kingdom. The people were looking for a deliverer, someone who would remove the oppressive government and for Him to reign. But His mission was much greater than a local or regional kingdom. He had eternal purposes in mind.
It’s easy to focus on “little picture” stuff as it relates to Christ. For instance, we get caught up in seeking answers to prayer when the goal of prayer should be to seek Him instead. It seems like it’s a fine line, but it’s not.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is about Jesus Christ. It’s not about getting things or helping people or going to distant country to preach. Those are all commendable but it’s still not the reason Christ came. He came for one purpose: to save lost sinners.
Let’s not lose sight of that very important “big picture” item as we enter the Easter season.