The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out,"Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!"And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,
"Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!" -- John 12:12-15
Happy Palm Sunday! I like to picture the triumphal entry of Jesus, people waving palm branches, shouting Hosanna, laying their clothes down as a carpet for him. I am sure it was quite a celebration. It always is so strange and unbelievable to me that things changed so quickly for Jesus, that within a few days the same crowd that praised Jesus turned on him and demanded his crucifixion.
What do I take from the triumphal entry? I think Jesus celebrated --he lived in the moment and enjoyed the triumphal entry, not in prideful way, but as a celebration. We need to learn to celebrate when we can, to enjoy the little victories and moments in our life. We never know when life may change, we may be celebrating one day and mourning the next. Do you live in the moment? Find something to celebrate this week, without looking ahead or worrying about what is to come.