This magnificent Fresco depicts the entry into Jerusalem of Christ Jesus. The painter is Pietro Lorenzetti. see Wikipedia Commons for information
It is difficult to imagine rejoicing at the thought of Palm Sunday as we reflect upon the procession of Jesus to Jerusalem where He would be judged for the Crucifixion yet Bible verse and insight from both the Old Testament and the New Testament find His Spirit speaking a deeper message to us even in this procession to His Death at the Cross.
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
In a sermon offered by C.H.Spurgeon
at the Metroplitan Tabernacle in Newington in 1891
“His entrance caused great joy. No man’s heart was made heavy that day. The face of the King frowned on none. Other kings have found it needful to force their way through crowds of rebels to their capital, and wade through slaughter to a throne; but none was found to hurt or devour in all the holy mountain when Jesus came to Zion. Women have been ravished, men have been murdered, even babes have been massacred when monarchs have entered cities; but when our King cometh, boughs and palm fronds, shouts and songs, are the setting of a very different scene. Instead of shrieks and groans, we hear the ringing music of children, with their glad Hosannas. Oh, will you not admit the Lord Jesus? Who will refuse an entrance to One who brings with him joy and peace?
He shall come down like showers
Upon the fruitful earth;
Love, joy, and hope, like flowers,
Spring in his path to birth.”
I encourage you to read the sermon offered in its entire from the link below:
Charles Spurgeon Sermon; The Lords-day, morning March 22nd 1891
“Father, I pray that the Holy week bring us ever nearer to Your Son. May His Grace deepen and fill our hearts. May His Spirit inspire us each to step forward in love, joy and hope. Father, we pray asking that His Presence be known as peace and a healing comfort to all who suffer and long for intervention and protection. We ask you to bathe our hearts in faith and trust as we follow in the procession of faith. May we each be lifted into the embrace of the Love of Lord Jesus Christ as we set our gazes upon Him.” Amen