There is absolutely no way that the apostles would have expected this trip to be their last one with Jesus. With Lazarus alive and the crowds teaming everywhere that Jesus showed up, there was no reason for the disciples to embrace the grief that Jesus was carrying.
Jesus had been playing this tape over in His head since the dawn of creation. He knew that this sacrifice that He was about to make would literally kill Him and spiritually separate Him from the Father. The human factor must have been crushing to Jesus.
Still, for Jesus it was time. Jesus entered Jerusalem knowing that all the crowd would soon change their chants about His royalty into raging cries for His crucifixion. He spent these final days preparing His disciples for the chaos that was about to ensue. Jesus made it very clear that they needed to hold on loosely to life and its demands.
We will never be able to fully comprehend how serious Jesus was about our need to trade our lives for relationship with God. As with Jesus, sometimes that trade is just a little inconvenience of embracing the lonely, healing the sick, or freeing those enslaved. Still, at other times the sacrifice may be as dramatic as leaving family, losing friends, or even giving up one’s life.
Whatever the cost may be, we will never match Jesus’ sacrifice. Our Lord made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem knowing He would be giving up something that He had enjoyed for an eternity – life and fellowship with His Father in Heaven.
God Bless You
12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[e]
“Blessed is the king of Israel!”
14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:
15 “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;
see, your king is coming,
seated on a donkey’s colt.”[f]
16 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.
17 Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. 18 Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”
Jesus Predicts His Death
20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.
23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!”