They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Jesus Humbles Himself to Serve
Bojana is the name of a woman who lives in Serbia, and her TV is upside down. So is her computer screen. And her computer keyboard. When she reads a newspaper, she holds it upside down. When people try to correct her, she doesn’t listen to them. When someone hands her a piece of paper to write on, she turns it upside down, starts writing from the right lower corner, and finishes in the upper left. As far as doctors know, there is no one else in the world who is like Bojana. They say she has a rare brain condition called “spatial orientation phenomenon,” which means that her eyes see things the right way, but for some reason, her brain changes them and turns things upside down. What she sees doesn’t exactly show her reality.
Something similar took place on Palm Sunday. God himself was coming into Jerusalem. But it didn’t look the way you might expect. God didn’t look majestic and glorious. He looked like just another human being. He wasn’t surrounded by armies of angels but instead by his very normal-looking disciples. He didn’t ride into town on an impressive stallion or in an expensive chariot. He was riding on a borrowed donkey. What the crowd saw that day with their eyes didn’t exactly show them the full reality of the God who was approaching them.
But what they saw certainly revealed the true nature of our God’s heart. Jesus came in humility. He came to serve. He came to give. He came to save us and forgive us by lowering himself under the full weight of the whole world’s sins. On Palm Sunday, we see our Savior who humbled himself to serve us.
Lord Jesus, you humbled yourself to serve us as our Savior. May I forever worship you with humility and thanks that properly honors your saving name. Amen.