Matthew 21:9-11: “The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Have you ever thought about what it would have been like to ride with Jesus that day into Jerusalem? Not just to be present that day, but to ride with Jesus, on the donkey, into Jerusalem—crowds cheering, palm branches waving; to ride with him, knowing full well the mission at hand and knowing what was about to happen.
What was Jesus thinking about as people were cheering? The cross loomed large in the near future. The Passover Lamb was being prepared right in front of their eyes. Jesus was about to lay down his life. Riding with Jesus is a “victory ride,” although it is done in a way that the world does not notice.
There are cheers going on this week because it’s Spring Break here in Montgomery. Most of us have thoughts of warm weather, beaches, lakes, partying, and cookouts (although the weather forecast feels more like winter!). But for us, this is also Holy Week. Riding with Jesus requires different thinking, different living. Yes, palm branches are waving and the crowd is cheering, but you know that this Christian life is so much more. It’s going to require you to lay down your life, even when others don’t understand.
You see, many people cheer for Jesus, but few “ride” with Jesus.