Today is the last Sunday of Lent. It is traditionally known as Palm Sunday, which marks the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and the crowd waved palm leaves shouting “Hosanna!” to his entrance.
There was an Eastern tradition the people would have recognized. Kings often rode a horse when going to war, but would ride on the back of a donkey when ushering in an era of peace.
The Prince of Peace rode in on a young donkey, echoing the Hebrew scriptures in Zechariah 9:9. The people in Jerusalem recognized the fact that Jesus was remarkable and many were just sure he was the Messiah. Yet, most of the people were thinking their Messiah would be a political savior, upending the current rulers and ushering in a new Israeli kingdom.
But Jesus wasn’t here to set right the political course of Israel’s government. He was here to set right the relationship of humanity with their Creator. His life was his message.
And that’s a message we need so badly today, too. This country is full of people who think the next President or the new law or the next Surpreme Court decision will set our country right. And that’s missing the boat, folks. Our answer is not a political solution.
The answer to what’s wrong in the world is found in the person and life of Jesus.
Show me how to love like You have loved me…
Break my heart for what breaks yours…
The lyrics of this song are right… a generation is rising up for revival. But it’s not a politically led revival. It needs to happen individually with each of us. Loving like Jesus loved us. Letting our hearts break for what breaks his.
Enjoy the music… Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!