Day 1: Palm Sunday, March 24
The pre-Easter parade (Matthew 21:1-11)
Crowds are fickle. One day they’re cheering, another they’re calling for execution. Such was the crowd that greeted Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem less than a week before His death.
At the time of Passover, up to 2 million people crowded into Jerusalem for the annual celebration of their ancestors’ deliverance from slavery. They greeted Jesus and his entourage as they would a king, making for him the red carpet of the times.
The parade goers declared him a King in the line of Israel’s great king David, answering the city’s question, “Who is this?” And they called out a Hebrew word meaning “save us now” to the One who would soon deliver their salvation. Yet, these shouts of “Hosanna!” would turn to “Crucify him!” before week’s end.
How can we explain their faltering commitment? Or ours?
Lord, open our eyes to see who you really are. Help us to hold you as our true King, and to never turn on you or away from you.
Devotion by Eric Reed, artwork by Kerry Jackson