Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation,
gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and
selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches
of those selling doves. "It is written," he said to them, " 'My house will be
called a house of prayer,' but you are making it a 'den of robbers.'"
The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. But
when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things
he did and the children shouting in the temple area, "Hosanna to the Son
of David," they were indignant."Do you hear what these children are saying?"
they asked him. "Yes," replied Jesus, "have you never read, " 'From the lips
of children and infants you have ordained praise'?" Then he left them and
went out of the city to Bethany, and He lodged there.
Holy week, day one. What a day! Jubilation, celebration, confrontation, declaration, healings, worship, conflict, and rest.
I guess the beginning of Holy week and Palm Sunday are about expectation and revelation. What do you expect from Jesus and what is God revealing to you about him? Are your expectations able to flex? Will you allow him to change your expectations? Or will you run from him or reject him? Are you focused on him or your self? Are you willing to receive new revelation?
I think that it really takes discipline or a dying to self to let yourself be open to God unfolding His plan and revealing His will. I think it takes humility to see the kingdom of God and enter in to it. I think that besides saying , "crucify him", it's pretty easy to fall into the oxymorn of, "not so, Lord", in telling God He is wrong.
A neat thing I also see here is that in the midst of the chaos is that Jesus heals people.