“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Mark 11:9)
Contrast is very important for any artist and if we were to consider God as an artist you’d have to admit that Palm Sunday is definitely a day that is filled with contrasts. Our God, who created all of the universe out of absolutely nothing and fashioned the stars and planets and He sustains every living thing and He knows all the hairs on our heads and knew our names before we were even born, so amazing but, this same awe inspiring and all powerful God chose to enter Jerusalem riding on a donkey. Now that is a dramatic contrast, could it get more dramatic? Yes, it can and it does.
Our Lord and King, Jesus came to His people riding on that lowly pack animal in itself is a huge contrast with who He is. But there is even more dramatic contrast when He is crowned with a crown of thorns instead of a crown of gold. Then instead of worshiping Him He is beaten. Here is the God who will judge both the living and the dead from His throne in heaven and He is being judged and condemned by the very people that He has created with love and compassion.
Jesus willingly went through all of the pain and humiliation of His cross so that all of us could be reconciled with God. Jesus who is Life took it upon Himself to embrace His death so we could all receive eternal life.
Consider this when your are remembering Palm Sunday, remember all those citizens of Jerusalem who on Palm Sunday as He rode in on a donkey, laid down their cloaks for Him and waved their palm branches at Him as they all proclaimed “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” But then the contrast hits, a few days later, they have joined the Sanhedrin in shouting out “Crucify Him!” “Crucify Him!” “Crucify Him!” And through all of this, all the dramatic contrasts, the hatred, the humiliation, the pain and more, Jesus, our Savior continued to do nothing but love. He continued to forgive, and He forgave them all. That is because He not once forgot what His mission was and that was to save us all.
So whenever you say these words “Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord”, do it with true conviction, all the conviction that you can muster. Praise our Lord for coming so very humbly and suffering so dramatically. Make sure you tell Him you don’t want any more contrasts in your life!
“Lord, thank You for coming to us so humbly! Teach me to follow your example of self-sacrifice and compassion.”
Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24
Lord, help us to slow down and sincerely thank You!
Thank You for leaving Your heavenly throne to come to us so humbly.
Please teach us to follow Your perfect example of self-sacrifice.
Show us how we too can share in Your compassion for all mankind.
Help us to see that no matter what is going on in our lives, we need to stop and bow down in awe and give You ALL praise.