This week I’ve been thinking about Jesus’ triumphal entry as we move toward Palm Sunday. It’s quite a name we’ve given this incident from the gospel – “triumphal entry”. One man riding on a donkey. At least he had people laying down their cloaks and waving palm branches, but to call this “The Triumphal Entry” seems to stretch the imagination a bit. I’ve seen triumphal entries in the movies with the German, Russian or American armies displaying their power for all the people to see.
But the way of God is not the way of the world. Triumph does not come to the proud. The way of Jesus is one of humility.
Jesus did make a triumphal entry on that day 2000 years ago. A real triumphal entry. For here was the King of kings and Lord or lords making his dramatic entrance to the city of Jerusalem where a week later he would triumph over the grave in order to secure a people for God from every nation on earth. The Father honoured Jesus because he “humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name”. (Phil 2:8b-9)
There are huge implications for us at New City as we look together at Jesus as Lord and Saviour. His death and resurrection secured our relationship with our Creator God, and his life, especially his actions over the Holy Week, shows us the way of the redeemed. A way of humility, of service and of sacrifice for the sake of others.
Those who know the grace of God in Christ will live triumphantly. It will just look so different from anything the world has ever seen. Let’s humbly look to Jesus together this week and then live in the way of our Saviour over the coming weeks, months and years.