A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of [Jesus] and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”
A Hero’s Welcome
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, there was a large crowd waiting to welcome him. They spread their cloaks and branches on the road. They shouted joyful praises. They gave him a hero’s welcome. Yet, the question needs to be asked, did they really understand why Jesus came?
It is a question worth asking. Do I see Jesus as a conquering hero? Do I see him as a long-desired king? Or, do I see him as something more?
Yes, Jesus did come as a conquering hero. The victory he came to secure was not over an earthly enemy, however. His battle was against the devil who sought complete dominion over me. His battle was against death which terrorized me. His battle was against the grave which desired to hold me in its gloomy darkness.
Jesus came as a hero to rescue me. He fought all my enemies that want to bring me to eternal destruction. And even though it meant giving up his own life, he secured the victory. Through Jesus’ precious work I am free from the devil’s control. I am free from the fear of death. I am free from the power of the grave.
Jesus deserves a hero’s welcome for what he accomplished. He deserves even more, for what he continues to do richly and daily. He also deserves my honor, love and praise as my Lord and King.
Jesus rightly earned this title as well. Not only did he secure my release, he also commits himself to my care. He strengthens me to remain faithful. He provides for all my needs. He guards me with his powerful presence. He always guides me with his undeserved and immeasurable love.
By faith I can acknowledge and live under his loving reign. By faith I can honor and praise him for his victory. By faith I can give him the hero’s welcome he deserves.
O blessed Jesus, I thank you for coming to rescue me. Fill me with love to trust you. Fill me with strength to follow you. Fill me with joy to praise you. Amen.
Source: WELS Devotions