The new day dawns grey again. Snow and rain this week kept Maisie and me indoors more than we like. I hear birds in the early morning, and from the upstairs window I see trees blooming white in the little woods.
But spring feels illusive.
This chilly day is Palm Sunday, the pivotal day in history when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. More than just an ordinary ride, He was fulfilling the promise of old, giving the onlookers one more sign of who He really was.
Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
— Zechariah 9:9
Some recognized Him. Some did not. Some wanted to believe. Others choose to remain in their small world of skepticism.
There is so much to this simple story, the day of palm waving.
As people gather in churches to hear sermons about the one called Jesus, some will wave palm branches, some will wave away their boredom, some will wave at their friends, and some will wave away thoughts of tomorrow’s business.
All the gospels record Jesus entrance into the city and the beginning of His final week before the cross. The Jewish people were looking for a messiah, someone to save them from the tyranny of Rome, the cruelty of soldiers, the hopelessness of living without freedom.
They were looking for a king to rescue them.
Today we are still look for a rescuer. Someone to make things better. Someone to relieve our poverty. Someone to raise our salaries. Someone to give us what we want. Someone to promise a better tomorrow.
No matter our nationality, our affiliations, our political persuasions, we want someone to come and save us, someone who will show us the way to a better life.
That Someone arrived in humble fashion on a Sunday two thousand years ago. He came bringing peace. He offered love. He was hope.
But He didn’t fit the criteria of a king. He was not the one they really wanted though He was the only One they desperately needed.
The One we are looking for is still Jesus. He is the hope of all nations. He is the answer to our questions. He is the redeemer of our families. He. Is. The. One. We. Need.
Wave the palms branches. Lift your voice in praise. Shout hosanna because blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
The King has come to save us.