Grand events have grand entrances. Think about the red carpet for award shows, where famous people stroll down velvet walkways lined by fans and reporters trying to snap a photo. Or the aisle of a church that’s covered in rose petals for a bride to make her entrance to the altar. The entrance sets the stage. It builds anticipation and prepares you for what’s about to happen. Even today, the entrance matters.
So go back a few thousand years, to a different kind of entrance. One where Jesus, the King of all Kings, stood on a hill that overlooked the skyline of Jerusalem. Jesus knew the significance of what was about to happen. He knew there would be no bigger event in history. And so, the carpet was rolled out— not a velvet red, but a carpet of cloaks and branches brought by a crowd of people. The humble King—not in a carriage, but on a young donkey—made his entrance to the event that would turn the world upside-down.
This grand entrance was in preparation for what was to come less than a week later. Today, Palm Sunday, we invite you to prepare yourself for what you will experience this week leading to the grand celebration that is Easter Sunday.
Take some time and answer the following questions:
As you enter into Holy Week, what are you preparing for? What are the events or traditions that are a part of Holy Week for you?
For most of us, this week will be celebrated differently than it was last year. What will be some of the positive differences?
Holy Week traditions are really meant to prepare and remind our hearts that Jesus is our Savior and King. How are any of the events or traditions you wrote down designed to reflect what’s happening in our hearts?
What’s one thing you could do during this week to roll out the carpet for Christ the King in your life, making him first?