12 On the next day a great crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 They took branches of palm trees, and went out to meet Him, and cried out:“Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ The King of Israel!”
14 Then Jesus, having found a young donkey, sat on it. As it is written:
15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion; see, your King is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt.”
16 His disciples did not understand these things at first. But when Jesus was glorified, they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.
17 Now the crowd that was with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness.
18 The crowd went and met Him for this reason: They heard that He had performed this sign.
19 So the Pharisees said among themselves, “See, you are gaining nothing! Look, the world has followed Him!”
Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem that day was the beginning of many curved roads that eventually lead to plots, lies, deceit, betrayal, denial, false accusations, mock trials, pain, beatings, sufferings, mockery, torture, rejection, false charges, guilty verdicts and eventually death on the cross on Golgotha hill.
The triumphant entry was indeed the beginning of our "REDEMPTION." The price that Jesus was willing to pay to save those who not only loved Him, but also for those who hated Him enough to want Him dead.
Oh yes, Jesus came and did it just for me! Just for me, He came to suffer and die. THANK YOU LORD!!!
The crowd who shouted "Hosanna, Hosanna" on that day were crying out for salvation, and that’s exactly why Jesus had come.
Let's listen to Jesus Himself, state His purpose for leaving heaven and coming to earth in John 12:44-47- Jesus cried out, “He who believes in Me believes not only in Me, but in Him who sent Me. 45 He who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. 46 I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not remain in darkness.
47 “If anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.
Within a week of hearing "hosanna, Hosanna" Jesus would be hanging on a cross.
"Hosanna, Hosanna" on the day of the triumphal entry and a few days later the cry was "CRUCIFY HIM, CRUCIFY HIM"!
Jesus' birth and triumphant entry into Jerusalem was the beginning of an open door for all who would believe and receive.
Yes, Jesus' birth and entry into Jerusalem was the commission and His death and resurrection a few days later was the invitation to the cry of "Salvation" that was heard from the crowd on that day 'GREAT" day He entered into Jerusalem.
Has your heart cried out "Hosanna, Hosanna"in response to Jesus triumphant entry into it when you heard the good News of the Gospel preached unto you?
Did your heart cry out for salvation when you heard the GOSPEL? Or, like the religious leaders of Jesus' day, you heard it and a few days later you had forgotten what you have heard by proof of a hardened heart of rejection of Him?
What does Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem means to you? What is your cry concerning it on today?