Jesus comes back to Bethany a couple of weeks after Lazarus had been raised from the dead where he had proclaimed; ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?’
Many hearing that Jesus was back in Bethany and planning to come up to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, were eager not only to see him but also Lazarus, who had been raised from the dead. The city was overflowing with pilgrims eager to celebrate one of the biggest festivals on the Jewish calendar. They came out to meet Jesus on the road shouting out the Psalm often sung at this occasion. “Hosanna, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”. (Psalm 118:26) and they added; ‘Blessed is the king of Israel’.
They treated Jesus as a king, though ignorant of the nature of his kingship. Jesus found a donkey and sat on it, as predicted through the prophet Zechariah; ‘Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey colt.’
At that point in time John tells us that everyone, including the disciples, didn’t grasp the astonishing truth of their words, and that it would be only a matter of days before the crowd would shout; ‘Crucify him, crucify him!!’
Only after Pentecost were their eyes opened through the gift of the Holy Spirit, to grasp the immeasurable grace and mercy of God in the giving of his one and only Son.
May the Holy Spirit work that same work of grace in our hearts and lives this Easter.
Peter Tasker, Acting Snr Minister
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