Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries1 Minutes

How did ancient peoples honor military leaders who had accomplished great victories? How did they welcome successful political leaders preparing to enter their cities?

The ancient Romans honored important military or political leaders with elaborate proceedings known as a triumph. This was a spectacular celebration and included a parade marked by pomp, speeches, ceremonies, and vivid public displays. Some of these celebrations lasted for entire days.

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the throngs shouted words of praise and proclaimed Him the King of Israel. But His entry was unlike those Roman celebrations. We can picture Him entering in a spirit of humility, riding into the city on a donkey. We have insight into His attitude, for as He approached the city, He “wept over it” (Luke 19:41). Even in triumph, His heart was filled with compassion. And He had the heart of a servant.

He continued that focus after His triumphal entry when He told Andrew and Philip, “If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him” (John 12:26).

If you want to be like Jesus, develop humility. Foster the attitude of a servant. Serve not just when it is convenient, but also all the time and in every relationship and circumstance. Serve Him with your time, talents, and treasures. And commit your whole life to serve Him.