Palm Sunday: When the Crowd Gets It Right
The crowd is often wrong. Popular opinion frequently misses the truth. And unfortunately, it seems that unrighteousness is usually trending.
From the earliest days of human history that has been so. The crowd was wrong in the days of Noah, as it was in the gathering at Babel. Godliness was often forsaken in the days of the prophets, and the dominant culture was usually wrong in the days of the early church.
But the crowds that gathered as Jesus entered Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday got it gloriously right.
The crowds that gathered in the city just days later would call for the murder of Jesus. Many political and religious leaders would exult in His crucifixion. But on that first Palm Sunday the gathered people welcomed the Messiah and Savior of the world.
Let’s note three ways the crowd got it right on that first Palm Sunday as we consider our response to Jesus on this Palm Sunday.
The crowd was right to give honor.
The people got word that Jesus was entering the city and they immediately stepped forward to honor Him. He entered on a borrowed donkey which both fulfilled Old Testament prophecy and spoke to humility. People rushed to cushion each step by placing palm branches and even their own cloaks on the ground before Him.
We rightly honor Jesus by our care for the things of God. When we care more about the glory of the Lord than our own comfort, we honor Him. When we sacrifice our time and energy and possessions, we honor Him. When we look for ways to bless His work, we honor Him.
I pray you will honor the Lord with your life this Palm Sunday and Easter season. Honor Him by loving the things that matter. Honor Him with your sacrifice for the things that count. Honor Him with a bent knee and a giving heart. On Palm Sunday we remember all that Jesus is and all that He has done. And we honor that memory and that mission as we gather with the crowd.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Doug Munton is first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of First Baptist Church in O’Fallon, Ill.