English-speaking church in Eindhoven

The Humble King

We embark on the Holy Week with Palm Sunday, as Jesus, who previously shunned public attention, now arrives, riding on a donkey. Acknowledged by the people as their king, they proclaimed, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’ (Psalm 118.26). This proclamation encapsulates two pivotal truths about Jesus. Firstly, it underscores his identity as the one sent by God. Throughout his ministry, Jesus reiterated his heavenly origin. God, who sent various figures such as patriarchs, prophets, priests, and kings to embrace and teach his people, finally sent his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, as the only savior. The title ‘Christ’ signifies the anointed one, sent for a purpose. Salvation lies solely in his name (Acts 4.12).

Secondly, Jesus’ modest arrival in the city, riding on a donkey, contrasts with modern expectations of royalty. Despite his divine authority, he opts for a simple means of transportation—a donkey—over grandeur. Absent are the retinue and security, ensuring accessibility to all. While tradition dictates that kings entering the capital city (Jerusalem) proceed to the palace, Jesus heads to the Temple, where all, including the common people, are welcome.

Though not everyone grasped the significance of Jesus’ procession into Jerusalem, some recognized him as King and fervently joined the procession, adorning the road with cloaks and leaves, chanting ‘Hosanna’ while waving palm leaves. However, there were significant bystanders and onlookers who observed and made inquiry but did not partake in the jubilation. Some objected to the procession, fearing the incitement of insurgency. As we approach the Holy Week, I urge you not to be like these bystanders who merely watched, but to be active participants in Jesus’ life and mission by knowing him more and following him sincerely. May the dear Lord grant us a wonderful Holy Week where we are drawn closer to him! God bless!