Part 3 of Thoughts on Lent
We reflect. We ponder. We meditate upon it.
His birth. His ministry. And now, the days leading up to His crucifixion.
Jesus sends for a donkey. Prophecy is fulfilled: “See your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
He enters the city of Jerusalem, knowing what comes before Him – persecution, whippings, suffering, crucifixion.
The people come in throngs. They spread their cloaks on the road in front of Him; they lay branches down. “Hosanna!” they shout! “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
As we reflect and ponder and meditate, we know what happens next. We know that after just a few more days of absorbing the teachings of Jesus, the shouts of “Hosanna!” will turn to “Crucify Him!”
But we know what happens! We know the fulfilment of prophecy. We rejoice in the resurrection.
So today, those of us who are fasting, those of us who are sacrificing something, and those of us who are contemplating the events during this time of Lent, can join together, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”