FROM THE PULPIT: Jesus works according to God's, not people's, will

Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 09:00 AM.

On Palm Sunday, Christians around the world remembered how Jesus rode on a donkey into Jerusalem.

Crowds lined the roadway and gave him their version of the “red carpet treatment.” They laid garments and tree branches on the road in front of him. They cheered him on. They declared he was the one sent to free them from the domination of Rome.

What a fantastic day it was.

Coming in peace

However, there was a little confusion. Jesus was riding a donkey, not a horse.

Why would that be confusing? Because of the symbolism.

In that day, whenever a king rode into someone else’s territory on a horse — in this case, Jesus was entering Roman-dominated territory — it meant the king was coming to engage in war to overthrow current ruling powers.

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