Read John 12:12-19
As the crowds that had gathered heard that Jesus was coming into Jerusalem, they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him. Unlike in the other gospels (Mark 11:1-11, Matthew 21:1-11, Luke 19:28-44), Jesus finds the donkey that he rides into town on, hearing the excited cheers of those who saw him raise Lazarus from the dead, as well as others who knew of his works. This was the day that traditionally the Passover lamb was chosen and set aside for the Passover feast. As the Pharisees remark at Jesus’ growing popularity saying, “Look, the whole world (cosmos) has gone after him,” the true Passover Lamb, who takes away the sin of the world, is being set apart.
In what ways have you come to understand Jesus as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world?”
What do you think was the deciding factor for the religious leaders to go ahead with their plot to kill Jesus?
This Sunday we will receive palm branches to wave as we sing “Hosanna!” However, it is not our act of waving branches or even singing that brings God glory. God’s glory is most powerfully seen in people who bear witness to the death and resurrection of Christ in their own lives. May the Christ who has died and risen be glorified through you this day.