Jesus is the hope of the world. The crowds gathering and cheering the coming of Jesus into Jerusalem indicates that they were placing their hopes and expectations on Him. They may have failed to understand in what sense Jesus would rescue and deliver them, but yet they knew that the man riding a donkey was a rescuer and deliverer. This causes us to consider how Christ comes to us each Lord’s Day rescuing and delivering us from our sins (confession) and taking us to his heavenly abode (ascension). For us, the One coming on a donkey is a ruling priest and king.
Holy and merciful Christ, You came for us when we would never come to You. You acted on our behalf; took upon yourself our guilt. May we be ever mindful that your entry into Jerusalem was an entry unto death: the death that saved us from condemnation. To you, O Christ, we offer our thanksgiving. Amen.