Triumphal is defined by Webster’s dictionary as “a ceremony attending the entering of Rome by a general who had won a decisive victory over a foreign enemy.” It is a fitting title for Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the Sunday before the crucifixion.
Jesus enters to conquer more than the enemy on the cross. He enters to conquer sin and death; our sufferings, our weaknesses, our trials, and our temptations. We have victory over these things through Him and through the cross – because of Him and because of the cross.
Let’s remember the words in 2 Corinthians:
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.”
Heavenly Father, you sent your son to us because of your love for us. He went to the cross to save us from our sins and to have final victory over death. We give you thanks that through Him we share in that same victory.