Palms, frenzied crowds, and a King of sovereignty and humility (Growing Deeper with John 12:12-19)

Holy Week begins with Jesus’ “triumphal entry” into Jerusalem. It was certainly triumphant, but not in the ways people may have expected. If you want a riot you ride on a warhorse, not a donkey.

Crowds can be funny, can’t they? And dangerous.

The Pulse Podcast is about living abundantly wholeheartedly. It includes different kinds of content: Interviews, featured topics, or biblical studies. This episode is the later—an in-depth look at John 12:12-19. We have been journeying through the Gospel of John, but now jump forward in the text so that our reading aligns with the global celebrations of Palm Sunday and Holy Week.

I take us through the text, provide some background about palms, these frenzied crowds, Jesus’ fulfilment of prophecy, the meaning of a donkey, and how we might use this ancient-but-ever-relevant story to evaluate the integrity of our own cheering for Jesus.


The sermon connected to this same section of text is called “Fickle or Faithful” and can be accessed here.

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