Christianity is a revealed religion. That is, this isn’t something we thought up or devised. It is a gift to us. Jesus comes to us rather than us discovering Jesus. The entrance of Jesus is a glorious and grace-filled moment when all we can do is fall on our knees and be swept away in joy. He comes to us! Christ’s real presence causes us to wave palm branches, cover the road with coats, and shout hosanna over and over. Make way for him. He comes to us.
By the end of Holy Week we’ll see that the glory of entering Jerusalem is supplanted by the glory of the cross. Jesus speaks of his cross and his death as glory. That’s a strange way to talk about glory, don’t you think? And yet we know now what he meant. In his death, Jesus pulls back the veil which separates us from God. A curtain is lifted. On Good Friday our world will be blessed by the revelation of God. We will know we are created for communion with Christ. And we can say, as the crowd said, “It is good that we are here!”