Tracing Holy Week: The Sunday Morning Entrance

The Protestant reformers began to ask: Which of these commemorations and festivals should be continued? You may be wondering how we’ve answered that question here at King’s Cross.

Here are the Bible passages for this moment in history: Matthew 21.1-6; Mark 11.1-6; Luke 19.28-34, and then Matthew 21.7-11; Mark 11.7-10; Luke 19.35-40; John 12.12-19, and then Luke 19.41-44, and then John 12.20-36a; and finally Mark 11.11a and Matthew 21.17; Mark 11.11b; John 12.36b-50. You can read all of the Holy Week portions of the Bible in this document, Tracing Holy Week Through Scripture.

Sometimes the label that we apply to events in the past grows strangely unfit as the years roll on. Memorial Day is a day to welcome the summer, enjoy the outdoors, but also to remember the death of our soldiers. Perhaps we forget this. A birthday is a day of celebration, a new year of life, but it can also be a day of death, the end of life, as it was for Corrie Ten Boom and William Shakespeare. And Valentine’s Day is a day for chocolate and romance and weekend getaways, to commemorate the vicious murder of a Roman priest during the third century. 

The labels we apply to historical occasions are not always apt. They wear out. They transform. The Triumphal Entry of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem began with the cheers of many, only to become a time for one person to cry. The cheers came from a crowd, small by comparison to the throng of people in Jerusalem at the time, but a crowd nonetheless. A few believed they were witnessing a grand event, and a few more came to see what was happening, until a crowd was formed. 

The cheers of many were followed by the tears of one. Later the same day, Jesus wept over Jerusalem. The day of His Triumphal Entry was also, for Him, a day for tears. Some in the crowd that morning were very likely in the crowd that wished for and got the death of the One whom they saw ride into the city on the day of His Triumphal Entry.