In the gospel of John, chapter 12, it is written how a 'huge crowd that had arrived for the Feast heard that Jesus was entering Jerusalem. They broke off palm branches and went out to meet him. And they cheered: Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in God’s name! The King of Israel! Jesus got a young donkey and rode it, just as the Scripture has it: No fear, Daughter Zion: See how Your king comes, riding a donkey’s colt.'

Whatever anyone might think about the person of Jesus, one thing cannot be denied: He was no coward. It takes a lot of courage to enter the city of Jerusalem, when it was filled to the brim with tourists or worshippers for the Jewish Passover. His courage is further seen in how He let Himseld be hailed in as the new King and the new Hero Who was going to free His people from the oppressors of their country: While He knew, they were going to ask for His blood within a week.

One chapter back in the gospel of John it was Thomas who remarked; Let’s go with Jesus to Jerusalem to die with Him. He said this because he was aware of the imminent danger of going to Jerusalem. Jesus had the same predicted when in Jerusalem not to be crowned the new King and Hero, but for the exact opposite.

Sometimes, I wish I had a little bit of His courage to do what God wants me to do without delay or murmuring or even not doing it. And looking to our world it appears that many more people are in need of some of Jesus’ courage to live in accordance to God’s commandments.

But, that’s reason why He went to Jerusalem. To give His life for us who are not capable of doing the God’s Will or follow His commandments. Jesus went to Jerusalem even when He knew it would end in ridicule, shame and death, but He did it for you and me.

Hans