One of my favorite scenes of the Easter Season is that of Jesus on the back of the donkey as He rides him down the Mount of Olives amidst the cheers of the people. For me it is one of the most cheerful and joyous scenes in the New Testament. Jesus was receiving the kind of praise that He deserved. Multitudes of people were shouting and chanting with loud voices and laying their robes and palm branches on the ground before Him as an act of honor and worship to Him.
It was not a scene that everyone there that day appreciated. In fact some of the religious leaders chided Jesus for allowing His followers to give Him such praise and advised Him to make them stop. That is when Jesus declared that if the people did not praise Him the rocks would immediately cry out.
If Jesus didn’t want or appreciate that type praise it would have been a golden opportunity to instruct the people otherwise, but He didn’t. It proves that Jesus not only accepts the open expressive praises of His people but in fact desires it. Therefore, on this Palm Sunday let’s give Jesus the praise He not only desires but deserves.
Blessings!!! Pastor Randy