The Passion of Christ
In the passion of Christ there are two themes working at the same time. One is the triumphal entry of Christ, the other is the plot to arrest Jesus. They cried, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord”. Then when the accolades of those around Jesus were over, they cried, "Crucify Him!"
Jesus prepared for His own parade by sending for the donkey, which is the fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9. Jesus was making His move, saying to the authorities, “Now is the time, do what you will, this is the moment of opportunity”. Jesus rides in on an unbroken colt, an animal which is the symbol of peace, unlike a war-horse. The Jewish leaders saw the Passover as an opportune time to put Jesus to death. They reasoned that if Israel accepted Jesus as Messiah and He instituted a kingdom, Rome would move in and destroy the rival kingdom. It seemed better to the Jewish leaders that one man should die, than the whole nation perish at the hands of Rome.
Do you see the passion of Christ as an opportunity for you to reconcile yourself to God? Jesus said to his mother, “Behold, I make all things new”. Has Jesus changed your life by knowing His passion to suffer and die on the cross for you? How does this time of the year affect your understanding of God's love for you, and what changes have you made in your life to see His passion on a daily basis?
Remember, Jesus said, “Whoever desires to come after me let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it” (Mark 8:34–35).