The Triumphal Entry

Do you remember the day that Jesus made His triumphal entry into your heart?

For the Christian world, this is Holy Week. It begins with Palm Sunday which highlights the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and culminates with the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday, also known as Resurrection Sunday.  The story of Palm Sunday is told in these scriptures: Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19: 28-40 and in the following passage:

 The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out:

“Hosanna!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
The King of Israel!”

Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written:

 “Fear not, daughter of Zion;
Behold, your King is coming,
Sitting on a donkey’s colt.”

                                                                                    John 12: 12-15

Yes, Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem that long ago day. The people greeted him with cries of “Hosanna” which is a joyful exclamation of praise.[1] Which brings us to the question at the beginning of this article: Do you remember the day that Jesus rode triumphantly into your heart?

I do, and I wrote about it in a previous article.[2] But what about you? Whether you experienced one of those dramatic salvations that we all rejoice in hearing or whether your salvation was one of those quiet, unassuming experiences like mine, every individual’s salvation is equally important to God.

Did you know that even the angels in heaven rejoiced the day you accepted Jesus as your Savior?

Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.

Luke 15: 10

Just think of it! The angels in heaven rejoiced the day you and I had our names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life!  If the angels rejoiced, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we each gave thanks on a daily basis for the life-saving blood of Jesus who saved our souls for eternity? Alas, I too often take my salvation for granted. Alas is an old-fashioned word, but I think if fits here. [3]

I was brought up short just this past Sunday by a remark our preacher made during his message. He was preaching on the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and then he said, “But what about Jesus’ triumphal entry into your heart?”[4] Wow! I never thought about my salvation quite that way. Did you?  It is enough to make me break into song!  Listen with me or, better yet, sing along!

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Dear Lord, I thank you that Your Son was willing to die for even me.  

I praise you for the wonderful life-saving blood of Jesus.

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  1. Hosanna. (2016). Retrieved from Bible Study Tools website: http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/hosanna/
  2. Piche, M. (2016). Retrieved from JoyfulTimesToday website: https://www.joyfultimestoday.com/thirsty-come-water/
  3. Alas. (2016). Retrieved from Dictionary.com website: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/alas
  4. West, E. (March 20, 2016). From the sermon “Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem.”

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