8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Today marks the final week of Jesus Christ's earthly life with his triumphant entry back to Jerusalem. Riding on a donkey, The King of Kings is showing us that He is the Prince of Peace and not a war-raging King as usually revealed by riding in on a horse. In many lands in the ancient Near East, it was customary to cover, in some way, the path of someone thought worthy of that highest honor. In 2 Kings 9:13 we read that Jehu, son of Jehoshaphat, was treated this way. All four Gospels in the Bible report that people gave Jesus this form of honor. In just one short week, those that were praising and honoring Jesus, would be shouting insults and cries to crucify Him. But before we condemn those for doing so, we must examine our own lives and confess we unfortunately are guilty of doing just the same in our lives today. Thus, it makes you wonder why Jesus would allow for such a festival, and a "parade" like entry into Jerusalem, while knowing that in just a few days they would demand his death on a cross. I like and agree with Dr. David Hailey of Hayes Barton Baptist Church in that perhaps Jesus realized that humans like their "pretties", those things that make us happy even though they are temporary. Lastly, Jesus was showing them and us that God's Love for us was so great that he was willing and did die for our sins. Today, in the midst of this pandemic virus that is keeping us sequestered from each other, let God's Love and the "pretties" of His World be revealed to each of us as we seek Him. Below are a few of God's "pretties" He has so graciously given to me in my yard. Thank you God for loving us so much.