Following His glorious miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead and only five days before his crucifixion, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey greeted by a multitude of people waving palm and olive branches. We typically refer to this day as Palm Sunday.
On this day, the prophecy of Zechariah recorded some four hundred years earlier was fulfilled:
”Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass” (Zechariah 9:9).
”Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest” (Matthew 21:9).
Only a king would be greeted this way, and the people wanted Jesus to be their king. However, most of the people did not understand what kind of king Jesus would be. They expected their king to be a great political and military leader who would free them from the tyranny of the Roman Empire. They missed Jesus’ repeated messages that the kingdom of God is not of this world.
Jesus didn’t come as an aggressive and dominating earthly king to rule by force; He came as the Heavenly King of love to rule over people’s hearts. This is equally true today as it was two thousand years ago. The kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom that reigns in the hearts of those who put their faith and trust in Jesus as Savior. May you have a blessed and spiritually edifying Holy Week!