Today is Palm Sunday. Today we celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, as the Davidic King, the Son of Abraham, the Seed of the Woman come to do battle with our Ancient Foe, the Serpent, that Dragon of Old, the Accuser of the brethren.
Jesus came to Jerusalem to wage war. He came as a conquering King. But He came, knowing that the Dragon is plated with great armor, and there was only one way to take him down. So Jesus came to take the accusations of the Dragon, to take them all on Himself. He came to take all the condemnation onto Himself. He came so that all the darts, all the jabs, all the bites, all the stabs, all the charges might be laid on Him. And so they were, and all the charges, all the broken laws, all the ordinances, all the guilt, all the shame was nailed to the cross.
And this is how Jesus spoiled the principalities and power, how he made a spectacle of them, how He triumphed over them. This is why there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. There is no condemnation because all the condemnation was laid on Him. There is no accusation because the Accuser brought all the accusations and they were piled on Jesus. And He suffered and bled and died until they were all completely paid for. God’s perfect justice was done on every last one. The debts were paid. And now for all who are in Christ Jesus, there is only release, there is only the declaration: not guilty, not guilty, not guilty.
This is what we celebrate today and every day. This is what we meditate on this week and every week. Our King came to Jerusalem for us. He came and fought the dragon for us. He came and gave His life for us. And now we are free. Now we are innocent. Now we are accepted in the beloved. Now we are His forever. And so we do what the crowds did on that day. We do what the children did in the temple. We shout and we sing: Hosanna. Hosanna. Hallelujah. Praise the Lord. Our sins are washed away. Our debts have all been paid.