by | Mar 23, 2024 | Encouragement, Preparation

“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 ESV)

I’m glad that Jesus and His disciples had this one morning of joy and happiness before His final week of suffering began. I think they needed the encouragement! This spur-of-the-moment parade into Jerusalem—with palm leaves instead of banners, and a donkey instead of a great warhorse—this was a preview of the day Jesus comes in glory at the end of the world, the day He comes to reign forever—celebrated by all God’s people.

I wonder whether the preview helped as they walked through Holy Week with all of its tension, fear, and suffering. Because of course, this—Jesus’ ultimate victory—is what the cross is for. Through His own suffering and death, Jesus breaks the power of evil over the whole human race. And when He rises from the dead, His victory becomes our victory—for everyone who believes in Him will live forever in His kingdom. That’s something to look forward to!

We pray: Lord, as I walk with You this Lent, help me to remember and rejoice in Your victory for me. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
* Does it help you to get through hard times if you can see your goal up ahead? Why or why not?
* How do you find encouragement when you must suffer?
* What do you look forward to about Jesus’ ultimate victory?

Lenten Devotions were written by Dr. Kari Vo.
Originally published in The Lutheran Hour on March 6, 2024
Used by permission from International Lutheran Laymen’s League, all rights