They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. Luke 19:35-36

As Jesus entered Jerusalem I’m sure many of His disciples thought “This is it, He’s going to restore the kingdom!” He had told them all along it doesn’t work that way, but most of them didn’t understand – or didn’t want to understand.

We are in the same situation sometimes. We hear what Jesus says, but we think that it will be different somehow, that the outcome will be the way we want. I’m sure Jesus is not surprised by our actions but I imagine He shakes His head sadly at our lack of understanding.

Jesus told them – and us – what was to happen. He quoted the prophets, where it was written “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:4-5).

Gracious God, we didn’t understand how much You loved us and how much Jesus was willing to sacrifice for our salvation. Thank You for the redeeming gift of Your son. Amen.

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