Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus entering into Jerusalem.
He entered on a donkey, the animal of peace rather than a horse, the animal of war.
He was greeted with followers laying down their cloaks and branches before him.
Matthew 21:5 says “Say to Daughter Zion,
‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”
Jesus entered into a city that did not whole heartedly accept him with peace. He was aware of the hardships and struggles the week would bring (Holy Week); he would soon be betrayed, chastised, bruised for our inequities, and literally carry the sin of the world on his back. Still, he chose not to walk in anger, sadness, or fear. Instead he chose to walk in peace because he had an understanding of what his assignment was and knew that in order for it to be achieved there had to be a sacrifice.
Zachariah 9:9 says” Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!
Lo, your king comes to you;
triumphant and victorious is he,
humble and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
This Old Testament scripture is almost verbatim of what was spoken in the New Testament. The prophetic word that went forth was the lead up to the greatest sacrifice there ever was, that did not come to pass until years and years later. Our purpose , just as his , was determined long before we were birthed into this world. Still we are given the choice to walk in it, He chose to be the Prince of Peace despite the challenge it would soon bring his flesh and spirit man.
Jesus humbled himself, he chose us. His focus was on nothing trivial, it wasn’t about how his hair looked, who gave the best greeting, who had down the most palms. He entered with a symbol of peace as a display for believers that the storm coming were events that were preordained by God. This was a moment of preparation for the people as he was being prepared to see out his assignment.
The beauty of this is how it can be applied to daily life over and over again. Before we go through things we are given preparation. Sometimes we aren’t in tune enough to hear from God but he speaks through people, situations, and signs around us. It is up to us to choose to head direction and to walk in the peace of God as we have already been prepared for every battle we must face. No matter what it looks like outside; how many people are ill, dying, or jobless, we must still walk in the peace we were granted just as Jesus walked in peace six days before he laid down his life for us.