Today we remember Palm Sunday, named thus because those who welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem just prior to his crucifixion greeted him with loud shouts of praise, spreading garments and palm branches before him as he rode into the city on a donkey foal.
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy king cometh unto thee; he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, even upon a colt the foal of an ass. (Zechariah 9:9 ASB)
The King of Kings came to his capital lowly, and riding upon an ass. He himself had said, You know that theÂ rulersÂ of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. (Matthew 20:25 NIV) He eschewed the trappings of power because his mindset was that describes by St. Paul in Philippians 2:6 â€“ 8.
Though in very nature God, he did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;Â rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very natureÂ of a servant, being made in human likeness.Â And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to deathâ€” even death on a cross!Â
The attitude Jesus displayed as he inaugurated Holy Week led him to the cross where he gave his life so that we could be forgiven and restore to relationship with the Father.
Consider the Jesus of Palm Sunday, humble and lowly. Adopt the same mindset he had. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,Â not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.Â (Philippians 2:3, 4)