When Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey, he knows full well the symbolism behind it: he is claiming himself the Davidic King promised by all the prophets (specially in Zechariah). The people are ecstatic because the promise they have been taught as a child and what their forefathers longed for the past 500 years was coming to realization before their eyes. Yet, this same crowd turns on Jesus and demands his crucifixion by the end of the week. Why? Because Jesus doesn’t do what was expected of him as a King. The King was supposed to remove the foreigners and defend the Temple. Instead, the King attacks the Temple.
Of course, Jesus is not attacking the Temple, but he calls his people to repentance first. Much like Jeremiah, rather than demonizing the foreign power, he calls the people of God to live up to their calling.
Before we judge, we must look into our hearts and repent. True peace does not come from extermination of opposition but turning our hearts to God.
Here we see the love of our King. Because he loves us, he seeks our inner transformation. Because he loves the Church, the Church must be more disciplined in repentance.
Moreover, Jesus does not stop at call to repentance. Jesus procures the forgiveness by taking the punishment of the sin upon himself. He takes away the final judgment of sin so the people of God can be freed to live a life of repentance (ever turning to God).
Share an experience of when a great expectation/hope was finally met only to disappoint.
Is there a specific person/thing you tend to blame most (consider the people or news that anger you most)?
- What area do you need to repent of? Accept Christ’s forgiveness and repent of them.