I can’t even begin to imagine what must have been going through Jesus’ mind as He entered Jerusalem on that Sunday. The people were shouting “Hosannah! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord!” Yet, Jesus knew that those same people would be shouting, “Crucify Him!”, just a few days later. How His heart must have been breaking, as He knew his “triumphal entry” would require His death before true triumph would be seen. In the Garden of Gethsemene His agony was revealed as He cried out to His Father, “Is there not another way?” yet, all the while, knowing the answer to that question.
In these seven days we Christians refer to as “Holy Week”, let’s remember that the celebration of the resurrection is preceded by realization of the agony that Jesus must have been experiencing as He walked the streets of Jerusalem that week. We look at the cross as the price Jesus paid for our salvation, but His pain of suffering must have begun long before, knowing what was in the hearts of the same people who were shouting praises on Sunday.
Thank God we live on the Easter side of the cross!!!