Date: March 25, 2018
As Jesus approached Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday, Luke tells us that the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen. John’s gospel specifically notes that many of the Jews who had witnessed the resurrection of Lazarus had followed Jesus to Jerusalem and were telling everyone what had happened. News had already arrived ahead of them, and so many in Jerusalem came out to meet Him because they had heard about Lazarus. Why are these people rejoicing? Because the raising of Lazarus has given them hope. Hope imagines a better world, a better outcome, a different future.
Was Jesus full of joy as he rode into Jerusalem? Hebrews says that he was. He rode into Jerusalem knowing full well what he was riding into Jerusalem for, and he did it for the joy that was set before him.
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