The Palm Sunday story starts out with Jesus telling his disciples to go into a nearby village and as soon as they enter they will see a donkey tied up. He instructs them to untie the donkey and bring it to him and if anyone asks about it tell them that the Lord needs it. (Mark 11:2-3) So the two disciples leave and do what they are told. Jesus is of course correct in everything he says and the donkey is right where he is supposed to be. When we think of the power of Jesus we often think of these huge miracles, but if we look at this small detail we see that Jesus is sovereign in ALL things, small and large. This should not surprise me in the least, but every time I read small things like this my wonderment of Jesus is elevated. Jesus is with us in the smallest of things and I think we forget that in our day to day busy lives. Every heart beat on this planet happens because Jesus tells it to beat. The sea stops on the shore because Jesus says, just to name a few. As I thought about our Sovereign God, I was overwhelmed by the fact that every follower of Jesus is not walking around with a smile from ear to ear, knowing the power and strength of our amazing savior. If Jesus can give such detail about a donkey, why do we ever worry about anything in the world? We should be overjoyed with happiness about the fact that we have such an amazing Father who knows the smallest of details of our lives and as such we should let HIS light shine in even the tiny detail of own lives.
The Palm Sunday story goes on to speak about how Jesus rode the donkey into the city and while crowds spread their garments on the road ahead of him, as well as leafy branches. Jesus was the center of this procession and all the people were shouting “Hosanna!” (Mark 11:8-10) Can you even imagine the exhilaration in the crowd that day. The people were calling out Hosanna which translates to “Oh Save!” The simple gesture of taking off their coats and laying them on the ground so that HE may walk over them is a traditional gesture done to kings in history. It was done in the Old Testament to Jehu to signify that he was King of Israel. (2Kings 9:13) So as the people did this to Jesus to signify HIM as King, I could not help but wonder what scriptures were going through the crowd’s minds at this moment, as they are witnessing a prophecy come to life. (Zechariah 9:9)
In the midst, of this joy people are shouting “Oh save!” like the weight has been lifted from them. They knew Jesus was there to save them and they were not afraid to shout in happiness about it. Upon reflection, I wondered why my own thoughts of my own salvation did not run this intense, in my own mind. Salvation is a given in our days and we very rarely see people over joyed to this extent about it. We have all grown up in a world where we see Jesus as the deliver for us. He is the healer, and the fixer of our lives, but he is not seen nearly enough as the Sovereign HOLY GOD that he is. In times of struggles, I have been guilty of thinking that it’s not a big deal because Jesus will deliver me from this temporary hurt I’m going through. Although, this is a true statement and Jesus will help us through anything, I wondered if my level of praise matched what I expected of HIM as far as delivering me from my earthly woes. We pray for HIM to deliver us in the bad financial times, in bad relationships, in heartache. Although, HE will deliver us, our praise for HIM is not conditional on it and should not only be when he fixes the pieces of our broken lives. Our love and praise for our Sovereign King should be based on the facts of what is heavenly in our life, not what is temporary on this earth. Our focus should always be on what Jesus is doing eternally. We must remember to put our trust in Jesus not only when he fixes our temporary world, but when our world is falling apart as well. We must come to see that the praise for our amazing Messiah should be as overjoyed as the crowd in Jerusalem, even if Jesus does not deliver us from what we are going on in own lives.
We have the most amazing Father that we have no reason not to be happy everyday of our life. Even in the hardest earthly trials Jesus delivers us from darkness because he loves us so much. Most kings kill people for power and territory, but we have a King that loves HIS people so much HE died to save them. It’s amazing to think that HE loves us that much and wanted us in eternity with him that much, that HE would endure a horrific death for us. How can we not be the most joyous, awestruck people on the planet after thinking of Jesus in this perspective? Palm Sunday is a day that should remind us of the boundless power and love Jesus has for us and we intern should feel nothing less than unshakeable hope and unspeakable joy for our immeasurable Savior.