Jesus fixed his gaze towards Jerusalem and set out to fulfill God’s purpose for Him. The scene of how Jesus entered Jerusalem and the joy of the people reminds me of how He had entered our hearts when we got saved, and our joy at his presence in our lives! We wept tears of joy and proclaimed: “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”
Yes, we rejoiced. We opened the door of our hearts to Him, and we praised and sang. Many people tried to silence us, just as the Pharisees rebuked Christ’s disciples, and said to Him: “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” Our hearts rejoice, our lives testify, and our mouths cry out: “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” How great is that joy!
But times of temptation also come. We have denied Christ in many situations, just as Peter did. We denied Him in front of our friends for fear of their mockery of us. We knocked on our chests and cried, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”
The Lord may allow difficult and severe trials in our lives, but He knows that we will return, and this was evident in His words to Peter: “And when you return, strengthen your brothers.” Sometimes we diminish the flame in our hearts through our sins, but we will not stop there. Christ did not remain hanging on the cross and He did not remain dead in the tomb. He rose and raised us up with Him.
Truly, He has raised us up and clothed us with a robe of righteousness.
During Christ’s journey towards Jerusalem, He fixed his gaze on His calling and mission, and in the same way, His gaze is now fixed on us to be crowned as King and Lord over our lives. We are witnesses and we will remain witnesses until His return!