It’s interesting how often humans run away from any uncertain situation as long as there’s a possibility it might cause the slightest pain and heartache. The pain might be physical or emotional. The heartache may stem from loss, betrayal, disappointment, or some other longing. The heartache may even be rooted in fear. Regardless of the forms of pain and heartache, humans tend to avoid situations that create these sensations.
Compare that idea to Christ riding into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
He knew the physical and emotional pain that would occur by the time he cried out to God from the cross.
He was certain the people who waved branches declaring him the Messiah would wave their hands to condemn him before Pilate.
He knew the details of the betrayal Judas would carry out as he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Peter’s denial was no secret to Christ.
Jesus knew the number of punches, lashes, cuts, bruises, and scrapes he would endure. He knew he would be led out to Golgotha by the end of the week, then pierced through his hands and feet. He knew the taunts to prove he was the Son of God that would fall on his ears as he fulfilled God’s plan by dying in our place.
Jesus knew all of these events and infinitely more details of Holy Week that escape me at the moment.
Christ knew the pain and heartache he would endure as he entered the gates of the city, yet he chose to continue in that direction.
He chose to endure the suffering even though it was certain. It’s a decision that is in contrast what any normal person might do in that situation. I consider this idea and know without a shadow of doubt that he is the Son of God.
Then again, he knew the cost and the salvation it would offer to the world.
Like most matters of faith, the thoughts lead to more thoughts and questions beget questions. I just find it undeniably fascinating Jesus chose to enter Jerusalem when any ordinary person in his situation would have run away from the city.