The Jews had suffered a lot under the Romans. They were looking for a Messiah that would conquer the Romans. They wanted a strong earthly king.
God had a different plan when he sent Jesus. Jesus was born in a barn not a palace. He was born to poor parents from a small country town not to a royal family. Jesus’s teaching and ministry on earth was different. His followers were often the lonely, outcast and overlooked.
The way Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday was also much different. He came on a donkey instead of a horse. The donkey was a sign of humility. The greeting Jesus received was from an Old Testament prophet. Compare the verses below.
8 Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting,
“Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Praise God in highest heaven!”
10 The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. “Who is this?” they asked.
11 And the crowds replied, “It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”Matthew 21:8-11 NLT
Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you.Zechariah 9:9 NLT
He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt.
We can celebrate Jesus and what he is done for us every day. We don’t have to wait for a special holiday. How can you celebrate Jesus today?