After Jesus’ baptism and temptation he struck out on His ministry to accomplish God’s will. He demonstrated in every possible way that He was what God the Father said He was at His baptism. He healed their sick. He drove out demons! He taught as no man had ever taught. He fed thousands, He walked on water, he raised the dead, gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, all according to the prophecies of Old regarding the coming of God’s Messianic King.

Finally, he moves to take up his rightful place in Jerusalem. On, what we call Palm Sunday, Jesus entered into the city, riding on a donkey according with the Old Testament Prophecy and the people rejoiced at his entrance into Jerusalem. We often refer to this as the “Triumphal Entry.” But it was anything but triumphal. The crowds abandoned him when he didn’t draw his sword and kill their Roman enemies.  They abandoned him because they were disappointed that he wasn’t what they were looking for.

Many people abandon Jesus today as well. They come to Jesus to get something they think they need or want and when they find that Jesus has a different agenda they abandon him. We come to church and “shout” about Jesus, but it’s always good to consider what kind of Jesus we are shouting about. Do we shout for the social Jesus? Are we shouting for the prosperity Jesus? Are we shouting for the physical healing Jesus? Are we shouting for a political Jesus? But, Jesus came for one purpose. He’s the saving Jesus! He came to save us from our sins. He came in humility on the back of a donkey, not a white stallion, and he came that me and you, sinful men and women, could be forgiven and find peace with God.


“For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 5:21