This week records one of the most significant events that are recorded in biblical history which is Psalm Sunday and Passion Week. It is significant because on Sunday Jesus was praised and worshipped by the enormous crowd who recognized Him as the promised Messiah. There were joy and rejoicing from the huge crowd as prophecy was being fulfilled. Zechariah 9:9 states, “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.” Believers in the OT had waited patiently for the promised Savior and during Jesus’ earthly ministry He authenticated that He was God’s Son who brought salvation to mankind. This day the crowd praised Jesus by saying “Hosanna, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” Friday many of the same crowd cried “crucify Him.” what a turn of events?
Zechariah 9:9 captures the core of Jesus’ ministry in that Jesus is just; He displayed humility in His mode of transportation into the city of Jerusalem by riding on a lowly ass and colt. Jesus could have come in royal splendor but instead chose humility. In doing so Jesus had the right view of Himself, His Father—God and all humanity because He knew His mission were to bring salvation to mankind. Jesus was triumphal because He willingly came to earth to go to the cross and give His life in such disgrace. See! Jesus is the bridge that connects man and God; as sin caused the separation. Allow me to paint this picture clearer, picture in your mind Jesus on the cross with one hand reaching to His heavenly Father and the other reaching out to man. What a merciful bridge to have?
Love and compassion is being displayed in this scenario because God the Father needed a sinless body to redeem man, which Jesus supplied and was willing to be temporarily separated from His Father during those dreadful hours on the cross.
These closing questions come to mind, would you have recognized Jesus as Lord and Savior? Would your conduct have been the same on Friday as it was on Sunday?
Let’s pray, thank You Jesus for my salvation, thank You Father for sending Your Son to take my place on the cross for this I will continually sing Hosanna and forever bless the name of Jesus. In Jesus name, Amen.