Matthew 21:5 "Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your king is coming to you, humble,
Something special happens on Palm Sunday, but to understand what that is, you have to think back, back to Jesus answer to the disciples of John the Baptist –
Matthew 11:4-5 And Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.
That’s what the crowd and seen and heard, and everyone knew what this meant, that the promised son of David had come, the one who would restore the kingdom. That’s why almost everyone was in expectation, for this was great good news.
Many notable people had arrived in Jerusalem over the years, they usually came in might, majesty and power – but that was not how the promised son of David was foretold to come, he would come in humility. So the crowd, who had heard of all the things Jesus had done, saw him going up to Jerusalem on a donkey – they were all filled with expectation, for they believed that the kingdom was about to be restored.
The question then becomes what is this kingdom that is about to arrive, who is this king, and what does it mean for me.
Many were looking for an earthy kingdom, a return to the glory of Israel as it was in the days of Solomon – plenty to eat and to drink, good times, peace, all land restored to its rightful owners, all the wicked punished, all the foreigners cast out – and that this kingdom would last forever, and grow until it covered the whole world. They were not looking for a suffering servant who would die for the sins of the world, they weren’t really looking for what Jesus offered, which is why they will turn against him.
The chief priests and Pharisees aren’t looking to have things change at all, they had power, and didn’t want to risk what they had, they have already turned against Jesus. If you already have a kingdom, or an empire, or power you really don’t want to risk what you have in hope of something better – you figure that you can save yourself with what you have.
And that’s the real issue, because Jesus comes as the Savior, but if you have no sins, if you have control, you don’t need a savior. The son of God is coming to die for the sins of the world – and still today, so many are still saying, what is that to me?
Well, the reason it is something, is because Jesus has come to destroy the power of sin, death, and the devil – the old order in changing – the world is changing. Things simply will not contune as they have been.
In the Lord’s Prayer, we pray – Thy Kingdom come, we know that the kingdom of God will come even without our prayers, but we pray that it might come among us with grace and mercy. Its one thing for the kingdom to come to us, that is something that affects all people, it is another thing to have the king come to you – that is a great privilege,