Like every year, we worshiped together yesterday surrounded by lilies and children waving palm fronds. We sang songs about preparing the way and celebrating the king; we remembered for a moment that though this day is awkward for us (we know what’s coming), the crowds lining that dirt road to welcome Jesus were all in for the moment. Some of them actually saw something in Jesus that day that they hadn’t seen before: glory.
Messiah was coming!
I wonder what Jesus thought, riding on the colt to the shouts and praises of an entire city. He knew what was coming, and already he was looking with compassion on these who would so easily turn from the truth in just a few days.

“When the city came into view, he wept over it. “If you had only recognized this day, and everything that was good for you! But now it’s too late. In the days ahead your enemies are going to bring up their heavy artillery and surround you, pressing in from every side. They’ll smash you and your babies on the pavement. Not one stone will be left intact. All this because you didn’t recognize and welcome God’s personal visit.” – Luke 19:41-44 (the Message)

But for a moment, could it have crossed our Savior’s mind that this mission of his might end without the cross? When he prays just a few days later, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will,” was he remembering these crowds and imagining what would happen if things were different?
Join us at The High Calling each day during Holy Week to reflect on the road to the cross and our Lord’s sacrifice there. Today, High Calling editor Laura Boggess introduces the series.
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