Headlong towards sacrifice!
The celebratory scene of Jesus riding a donkey into Jerusalem, to the applause of cheering crowds, captivates imaginations and inspires artists and songwriters.
Yet to Jesus it was anything but celebratory. Jesus knew better than to entrust himself to human fickleness.
For Jesus this journey was a commitment to sacrifice. What the crowd saw as a humble hero entering their capital city was the Saviour of the world riding headlong towards sacrifice.
Deep within we know that people-pleasing rarely delivers what it promises though it’s more appealing than sacrifice. Following Jesus means serving sacrificially in preference to being swayed by the crowds.
“But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people.”