Today is Palm Sunday… the beginning of Holy Week. This week, Christians will remember the events in the final week of Jesus’ life on earth culminating in His resurrection.
It was the time of the Passover for the Jews and Jerusalem was filled with people. Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem offering Himself as the sacrificial lamb that would be slain for the sin of mankind. As Jesus made His way into Jerusalem, the multitudes shouted, “Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest” (Mark 11:9-10).
Jesus rode a donkey as He made His triumphal entry. A donkey was strikingly different from what victorious warriors would ride! When they returned from a victorious battle, they would enter a city on the back of a great white horse… in doing so, they were a conquering hero.
But Jesus rode a donkey… symbolizing that He wasn’t a conquering hero but a suffering servant. Riding on the donkey symbolized humility. Jesus humbly entered Jerusalem.
There is a great lesson for us there. Christians can easily get hung up on prestige and power. We like to think we are significant. We want to serve on strategic committees. We want to do things for notoriety. But Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey… humbly… as our suffering servant.
As we begin Holy Week, let’s remember the humility of our Lord and follow His example.