We’ve been journeying with Jesus throughout this Lenten season and on Sunday our journey will finally reach its destination: Jerusalem. On Palm Sunday Jesus arrives at the Holy City and is greeted by much pomp and circumstance. Amongst all the fanfare, however, Jesus comes riding on a donkey, thus symbolizing his humility and meekness. He makes his entry into Jerusalem not wielding an attitude of domination and control, but, ironically, wielding the attitude of a servant. We might call him here the Servant Savior. Like his scandalous entry onto the world scene, Jesus enters Jerusalem in a way that seems humiliating. The question that awaits us all is: “Who is this man Jesus?" The crowd lauded him as a King, others said he was a prophet, a week later the crowd deemed him below a criminal; who do you say Jesus is?
John van de Laar says, “Then, as now, the crowds ask who this is. Then as now the answer lies not in the frameworks of power and dominance, but in the mysterious, gentle influence of meekness and love – which, in the end, is what the powerful fear the most, because they cannot control it.”