April 6, 2020 – John 12:12-15

The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” John 12:12-15.

Palm Sunday has been celebrated! Zechariah 9:9 is quoted…Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is He.  The coming of Jesus brings rejoicing and not fear.

Rejoicing erases fear and creates understanding. Rejoicing motivates loving and serving others. In one short week, Jesus would die on the cross, saying, “It is finished,” and would be raised from the dead.  Because of the death, burial, and resurrection, we also have the promise of life abundantly.  In Jesus, we learn to love one another, rejoice, and have the assurance our sins are forgiven.

You make known to me the path of life; in Your Presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11.

And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20b

His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about Him and had been done to Him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet Him was that they heard He had done this sign. John 12:16-18.