Palm Sunday B

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
John 12:12-16
Mark 11:1-11

Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem.
The name Jerusalem means “City of Peace.”
In the ancient Middle Eastern world, leaders rode horses if they came in might, threatening war.  They rode donkeys if they came in peace. The mention of a donkey in Zechariah 9:9-10 fits the description of a king who would be “righteous and having salvation, gentle.” Rather than riding to conquer, this king would enter in peace.
Jesus enters the place of peace, in peace, the Prince of Peace.

But his entrance didn’t bring peace.  His coming brought agitation and disquiet.  As he rode into the city, the people shouted “Hosanna!”  This means “Save us!”  The people thought Jesus came to oust the Roman government and to place himself upon the throne of his ancestor David.  When they realised that Jesus was not going to take the city for Israel, their cries of “Hosanna” turned to “Crucify!”

They were looking for someone to RULE, to free the nation from Roman tyranny.
Jesus came to RULE over our hearts, to free us from Satan’s tyranny.

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