The Grief of Triumphal Entry

Palm Sunday is a day of joyful reception of our King. Palm Sunday is a day of expectant prayer for our King to save.

“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”

We can close our eyes and picture the palm branches waving, the cloaks being placed in the road for Jesus on a borrowed colt.

And in the midst of the celebration, there is Jesus gladly receiving praise while at the same time carrying a heavy heart. He knows rejection is coming.

As Jesus approaches Jerusalem, he begins to weep. Not a tear in the corner of his eye. Jesus sobs. He sobs because he knows the loss of what could have been. He knows the loss that is coming to Jerusalem will be like nothing Israel has ever seen. They had chosen the peace of the status quo and missed the Prince of Peace.

Today, we are in the midst of a time of worldwide grief. We are experiencing loss. The best thing to do is grieve. And keep our hope in our King.