“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
On that day…..the day we call Palm Sunday…..the Lord Jesus Christ rode into Jerusalem on a small donkey. As the ecstatic crowd welcomed Him thinking He was the one who would free them from their suffering under a cruel and harsh rule, He wept.
“As He approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace-but now it is hidden from your eyes.'”Luke 19:41-42
The Greek word for weep is ἔκλαυσεν…meaning to weep aloud, expressing uncontainable, audible grief (“audible weeping”). He was sobbing; those around Him could have heard Him but the crowds were cheering.
Our Lord shed tears of grief and sorrow as He rode the small donkey into Jerusalem that day. He had been rejected by His own people; He grieved for what they would soon suffer and set them aside as His representatives until a time in the future far from that day.
“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice He judges and makes war. ” Revelation 19:11
“On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” Revelation 19: 16
Yes, Jesus Christ is coming again and in complete victory and triumph. He will not be shedding tears. As the King of Glory, He will be riding a white horse….not a small donkey. He will establish His everlasting kingdom.
Wishing you a blessed Palm Sunday with praise to Him.
‘Til He shouts!
1 Thessalonians 4:16
(“Tears and Triumph” was first published in March 2015)