Reverend Dr. William H. Curtis

When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, "Hosanna!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!" "Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!" "Hosanna in the highest heaven!" Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve. 

Mark 11:7-11 NIV

Jesus’ entry on this side of the city of Jerusalem signaled something different from the government-sponsored entrance that Pilate was making on the other side of the city. On one side, the city was celebrating their oppressive leader. On the other was Jesus on the back of a colt. For half of the city, the way things were would never change, and for the other half was the one who would come and bring deliverance to the captives.

A relationship with Jesus teaches us is how easy it is for us to give into our inherent weaknesses. This is how we know that there is no correlation between depth of spirituality and overinflated egos. The more we know Jesus, the more we know that we need his help.

This is where we are in the world today. We’re trying to collect our breath and trying to keep this virus from consuming us. No matter how great we are, we are still susceptible to this virus.  But a belief in Jesus means that help is on the way. He is riding into our lives and He calls for us to offer to Him spontaneity. We have to be willing to be led in the moment to be flexible and let the Lord change our plans.

The whole city was supposed to be pressed shoulder-to-shoulder watching Pilate come into the city with pomp and circumstance. Jesus’ entry stands in rebellion to that. The people knew that the offering that was appropriate for God was spontaneity. When they saw Jesus riding into the city, they took of their cloaks and laid them before him. They waved palm branches for him.

One of the many things that we must accept that we cannot plan our way through life. We can only respond to where God is leading us. Today information changes minute by minute—we can’t follow God as faithful disciples if we need everything to go according to plan. We must be willing to run out to the city gates and throw our cloaks on the ground and wave palm branches because Jesus, our help, is on the way.