Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written:
"Fear not, daughter of Zion;
Behold, your King is coming,
Sitting on a donkey's colt."
His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.
~ John 12:14-16 (NKJV)
A crowd gathered for the high holy days of Passover certainly contained people wearing their best cloaks. Yet they willingly laid them across the road to be tread upon by a donkey. Their shouts of "King of Israel" surely fell upon the ears of Roman soldiers. After six centuries of waiting for another son of David to sit upon Israel's throne, their expectations of Jesus surely matched their bold actions.
Did any of them actually think of King David? He likewise threw off his king's cloak, dressed himself in the attire of the ministers, and praised "with all his might" as Jerusalem welcomed the Ark of the Covenant—the presence of Most High King entering His city.
Did the Palm Sunday crowd understand that they welcomed not only royalty but divinity?
If His disciples didn't understand the significance of their actions (as John's Gospel says), perhaps walking with the Son of God had become ordinary to them.
I daresay that each of us reaches the point where walking with Jesus becomes a little too ordinary. Perhaps it is inevitable that such times occur upon the approaches to a personal Calvary. When we again face the altar, where something else must die, we cannot help but offer sacrifice, and then worship anew our Lord who is God and King.
You are holy, Lord, enthroned in the praises of Your people. Renew our love and recognition for You daily. Please invite our worship. Please give us strength of joy in sacrifice.
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