Jn.12:12-15 – On the next day, when the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began shouting, “Hosanna! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, indeed, the King of Israel!” Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: “DO NOT FEAR, DAUGHTER OF ZION; BEHOLD, YOUR KING IS COMING, SEATED ON A DONKEY’S COLT.”

There had never been a Passover like this one before. It wasn’t the size of the crowd that year that made it special, there were always big crowds. It was something more than that. It was as if the air itself carried a strange expectancy in it. Rumors of miracles were literally everywhere. Jesus Himself was said to be making a grand entrance, maybe even taking possession of the throne in Jerusalem.

When Jesus finally began to make His way into Jerusalem, the streets literally exploded with singing. Clinging to His side was the greatest miracle of all, Lazarus Himself was with Jesus. Just last week Lazarus had been in his own tomb, now he was joining the singing as the procession moved into the city. Was Lazarus a picture of things to come? Was death itself going to be defeated?

Next to Lazarus was his sister Mary. It was rumored that she had washed Jesus feet with her hair, her tears, and a very expensive ointment. No wonder the Pharisees were upset. Mary appeared to be worshipping Jesus as if He were God Himself. Nothing like this had ever happened in Jerusalem, maybe there was something to all of this talk about miracles.

For a moment there was almost a hush among the throng of people, suddenly the people began to recognize the woman following close behind the donkey. It was Mary herself, the mother of Jesus. Of all people there that day Mary knew the truth about the birth of her Son and she also knew who His Father really was. Maybe this talk of the Son of God was true after all, apparently Mary believed that it was true. Soon the celebration intensified, the Messiah was making His way to Jerusalem. Expectancy was in the air that day, something had to give, everyone knew that life as they had known it was about to change. The truth about who Jesus was was about to be made very clear.

(To be continued)

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