The key event of the first Palm Sunday, Jesus’ riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, was clearly orchestrated by Jesus. It was an enacted parable. Jesus had previously organized a donkey to be available. So the King comes riding on a donkey. This slightly ridiculous sight was Jesus’ way of showing that on this occasion he comes in humility, as a servant. The extent of this terrible service will be revealed as the week progresses.

If our Master, the Creator of the universe, so served in humility, then what will that say to you? May our relationships be in accordance with the Lord we serve. May your spouse, children, workmates, schoolmates see this same Lord in the way you treat them. Remember, Jesus did this even though he knew Jerusalem would rise against him. Can you pray for the same strength to care for those who are against you?