The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel!” John 12:12-13
Luke 19:28-44, John 12:12-19, Zechariah 9:9
Imagine you are standing before a crowd, getting ready to appear to dozens of people yelling and praising your name. You must have done something pretty impressive to end up in this place and you would likely be excited to meet your adoring fans. When Jesus found himself in this same position on Palm Sunday, He wept tears of sorrow rather than joy. Instead of excitement as He entered Jerusalem, He felt sadness.
The crowd could not wait to finally see Jesus, the King they had been waiting for. They waved palm fronds, laid down their coats and robes to create a path for Him and praised His name as they welcomed Him. But Jesus looked upon the crowd knowing that these same people who worshiped Him now would soon reject Him and send Him to the cross just days later.
Jesus desperately wanted both His followers and His offenders to know how much He loved them so He wept for them and their salvation. He continued through the city to follow through with the task at hand, knowing God had a great plan for Him that would allow Him to save each and every one of those people – even those who did not love Him in return.
Now thousands of years later, we are lucky enough to know the full story. Jesus’ followers then did not know what He was about to do for them or the great sacrifice He would soon make by dying on the cross to cover all our sins and allow us to live in eternity with Him. We know the full story, which allows us to fully praise God for not only who He is but what He did to show His love for us.
Worship is more than just singing, it is an act of gratitude and remembrance. When we worship God, we are thanking Him for everything – past, present and future – He has done.
Questions to think about:
- Why did Jesus weep over the people of Jerusalem?
- What is worship?
- What is one way you can worship Jesus today?