Over the next week, we will take a look each day at a chapter of John’s account of the Easter story, beginning with the triumphal entry, and ending with Jesus’ resurrection. We will be reviewing the chapters as listed in Week 15 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan. Today will be John 12, Tuesday John 13, Wednesday John 18, Thursday John 19, and Friday John 20.
Yesterday was Palm Sunday – the Sunday prior to Resurrection Sunday – when we remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. John’s account of this story is listed in John 12:12-19. These verses state that upon hearing that Jesus was making His way to Jerusalem, the crowds came to meet Him, waving palm branches, shouting “hosanna,” and proclaiming Him the king of Israel. Jesus found a young donkey which He rode on, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9, which speaks of the king of Zion coming seated on a donkey’s colt.
The crowds who greeted Jesus as He entered Jerusalem called Him king. He was their king, but not in the way that they thought. Instead of becoming a prominent political figure who would liberating them from Roman rule, the Son of God – the true King of Kings (1 Timothy 6:15) – came to save all who would believe in Him by giving His life for them at the cross. He came to redeem us, paying the price for our wrongdoings. He came that we, through Him, might be reconciled to our Heavenly Father (2 Corinthians 5:18-19), and given true freedom in Him.
Jesus, the King of Kings, laid down His life for you, so that you could enter into relationship with God – with you as His child, and Him as your Heavenly Father. Though equal to God in His very nature, He was made in the likeness of man, and gave His life for us at the cross (Philippians 2:6-8). What an honor that the true king, the Son of God, would do such a thing for each and every one of us!