By Pastor Mary Fuller
United Methodist Church, Wallace
In a village outside of Jerusalem, Jesus had two of his disciples bring him a donkey and its colt. When they returned with the donkey and colt, the disciples put their cloaks upon them and Jesus road upon them into Jerusalem. This fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet of long ago.
Just outside of Jerusalem a large crowd gathered waiting for the Messiah, or Savior to arrive, put their cloaks and branches from the trees on the road before Jesus like a carpet being unrolled before him. The crowd was ahead and behind shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (Matthew 21:9)
It wasn’t unusual to have a procession coming into town for a victorious warrior, or for Rome’s king, or other royalty. They rode in on their great steeds through the city’s grand arches, which were inscribed with past victories and the wondrous deeds.
Well to do persons were there, and some of the poor were coerced to be there as well. Didn’t want Rome’s royalty to think they weren’t appreciated by all the people.
But Jesus comes in on a donkey and colt and some of the people respond by shouting “Hosanna!” and recognizing Jesus, giving him honor, for he too was royalty.
They call him “the Son of David,” the Messiah. They didn’t need to be coerced to be there as they spread their cloaks and branches on the road with cries of “Hosanna!” calling for him with hope to “Save us!”
They knew that this king was different, for Jesus identified himself with the people. He was there with the sick and the outcasts, “the meek” and “the poor in spirit” whom he healed and claimed to be blessed.
“Hosanna… Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.”
They had never been treated by royalty, especially a king, with respect and love until they met Jesus. They had never been told that they meant something, something to God who loved them.
God loved them! God loves you too. Don’t miss the procession.