Christ followers often celebrate the promises given to us in Romans 8. This chapter tells us that nothing will separate us from the love of God we have in Christ Jesus. The Triumphant Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday is the moment we see that promise coming true.
Jesus had been warned not to go to Jerusalem. He knew His enemies were there, waiting on His appearance to spring their trap. Jesus knew of their plans to kill Him. He knew Rome was watching Him with a wary eye. Religious teachers were tolerated by Rome, but those who claimed to be king were not.
Jesus knew all of this…and He came anyway.
Jesus will not surrender one square inch to His enemies. He will never say a challenge is too hard or a place is too tough. He will always come to claim what belongs to Him. Jerusalem belonged to Him and He wasn’t going to simply walk away and let it go. He came anyway.
This week, as we remember the journey of Jesus’ final week on earth, the first thing we have to understand is that Jesus came anyway. He wouldn’t let the threats or dangers keep Him away from the city and people He loved.
And so, on this Palm Sunday, I am struck with the overwhelming reality that the love of God in Christ won’t let us go. Jesus keeps coming. He won’t quit. He won’t give up. He won’t decide that this time, it’s just too hard. His love simply won’t let us go.
And that’s the good news of Palm Sunday. Jesus comes anyway. “Nothing can separate us from the love of God we have in Christ Jesus.”