Triumphal to Triumphant
Palm Sunday comes and goes every year. Sometimes we remember the triumphal entry, but many times we don’t. I remember, as a child, staggering down the aisles of my boyhood church waving plastic palm branches to the song “Hosanna” while trying to find the familiar faces of my mom and dad in the audience. As adults, we smile and think the kids are so cute, but does it lead us to contemplate the significance of that day?
Palm Sunday celebrates that
amazing day when Jesus descended the Mount of Olives into
As Jesus continued to
approach the city, celebrated by a fanfare of cloaks and branches, it seemed as
if He ignored the crowd singing His praises. Jesus gazed at the city and
observed the momentary recognition for Himself by His followers, but He also
recognized the future rejection of His salvation by the nation. These thoughts
moved Him to tears as He wept over
So how do these observations affect us today? It is easy to follow Christ when things are going well, when there is cheering and fanfare and when things happen in life that fit our view of God. But how do we act when things take a turn for the worse? How do we respond when the cheering turns into jeering? How do we cope when God no longer fits into our perspective of reality? A few days after the triumphal entry these very things happened to Jesus and His followers, and His disciples let fear get the best of them. They abandoned Jesus on the spot. Would we have done the same? Do we do the same? As we enter Easter week, remember that the triumphal entry led to Jesus’ arrest, trial, and crucifixion but ultimately, an opportunity for us to be triumphant. Don’t forget to praise the One who gave us life everlasting.
reprint from 2010 article