Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
The events of the triumphal entry were predicted to happen. Instead of riding into town on a white horse as a conquering hero, Jesus rode in peacefully on a donkey. When Jesus returns He will come as a conquering hero on a white horse, but not this time.
What is most amazing about this passage are the people. As the crowds assemble to recognize Jesus, they acknowledge that He is special even if they might not truly understand who He is.
Just a few days later another crowd would form however. Instead of shouts of “Hosanna!” Jesus is greeted by shouts of “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!”
Probably the same people were not in both crowds but it still begs the question of where were the people who had shouted “Hosanna!” When Jesus was arrested, His followers scattered – even His disciples. The people who praised Him wouldn’t stand up for Him when there was adversity.
It is easy to praise Jesus when everyone else is and things are going well. When there is trouble however, will we stand and continue to praise or will we flee for fear of others as the crowds of the triumphal entry did?