“Tell the people of Jerusalem, Look your king is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey-riding on a donkey’s colt” (Matthew 21:5).
What happens when God’s will doesn’t line up with ours? It’s tempting to give up isn’t it? I’ll admit I’ve wanted to ‘throw in the towel’ more than once. There have been times I’ve cried out to God in anger from the pain of loss, betrayal, and disappointment.
A week before Jesus’ crucifixion is what we know as Palm Sunday, the day commemorating His triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The people praised Him and hailed Him as their king:
“The crowds that went ahead of him 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 heaven!'” (Matthew 21:9).
What’s interesting about the history of this passage is many of the people who praised Him did so because they wanted Him to lead a revolt against Rome and free them from their temporary struggles. When He didn’t meet their expectations, they turned on Him and said: “Crucify Him!”
They completely missed the point. He came to save them (and us) from their sins and offer them eternal life.
I’ve missed the point in my own way so many times too. When I start expecting things from God it’s because I want him to make my life pleasant and comfortable. But that was never promised. In fact, Jesus said:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Notice He said ‘so that in me’ you may have peace. Peace in the midst of your trouble.
Jesus came the first time on a donkey which symbolizes peace; the inner peace that only He can give.
We are told in Revelation that when Jesus returns he will be on a horse; which symbolizes war.
“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war” (Revelation 19:11).
That will be the day of justice. That will be the day wrongs will be made right by the only One worthy to do so. That will be the day the curse is lifted.
It’s the best story ever told – and that’s the point!
“…On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him” (Revelation 22: 2-3).