Dear Tab Family
The Triumphal Entry of Christ refers to the entrance of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem on the Sunday prior to His crucifixion. John 12:13 tells us the people, “Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.” It is from this reference that we derive the name “Palm Sunday.”
This event is recorded in each of the four Gospels with each adding certain details to the account. Jesus instructed his disciples to go to a neighboring town where they would find a young donkey – a colt. Jesus mounted the animal and made His way into Jerusalem. There a large crowd applauded Him, spreading their garments and palm branches on the road. Palms were used in the various Jewish festivals as banners of rejoicing and were regarded as symbols of both beauty and prosperity. The images of palms were used in the decoration of the Temple and were part of Ezekiel’s vision of the new Temple.
This Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem is of vital significance in understanding His messianic mission. The Bible teaches that Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled the Old Testament promises of a perfect King. Israel’s hope for the future included a vision of a new king like David, called “the anointed one,” or “Messiah” in Hebrew. Prior to this moment, Jesus had refused to allow any public acknowledgment of His being the Messiah. By conducting His ministry outside Jerusalem, He had avoided the ongoing conflict with the religious leaders, but now, the time was at hand. The riding upon the colt, the garments and palm branches in the road, and the shouts of Hosanna from the multitude all pointed to Jesus as The Messiah – The Savior – The King!
The theme of this great day is Christ the King! We might say, that on that great day in Jerusalem, the door of heaven opened a bit so that for a brief moment His true kingship appeared to people on earth. Jesus claimed that had the people kept silent on that historic occasion, the stones would have cried out to proclaim Him King. Today we lift our voices and do just that: Proclaim that Jesus is The King, the Messiah of Israel, who has been given power and glory, whose dominion is everlasting and whose Kingdom shall never pass away.
Rejoicing in our Messiah,
Pastor Jim Ruddy