Humpback was the Holy Week, the original Holy Week. It was a wonderful time for Jesus’ disciples. Just three days earlier, the teacher sent a few of them to a nearby town to get a small animal of donkeys where he said they would do it; they told the owner what they had to say when the owner asked them what they were doing with his donkey. Everything went well.
They brought the donkey to Jesus, and put him on him, and rode him to Jerusalem. It was quite a sight. Crowds gathered. They broke out in praise – shouting “Hosanna”, “Blessed is the name of the Lord”, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord.” They threw their robes and palm branches on the road before Jesus. His approval rate was through the roof.
The Ministry of Messiah seems to have reached a turning point. Therefore, on the Wednesday of the week following the so-called “victory of victory,” all 12 of Jesus’ disciples were filled with excitement about the future, and most likely dreamed of their new roles in his soon-to-be kingdom. Judas, of course, was on a different path. He was secretly working with Jewish leaders to betray the master with their own hands. His excitement relates to what he can do with the 30 silver pieces presented by these leaders.
For all faithful disciples, this day and the coming days seemed full of glorious promise. They had no idea that in two days their world would turn upside down. They will not only descend from this mountain, but fall into a deep valley – the valley of despair, the valley of the shadow of death. They would have witnessed horrific and incomprehensible acts of violence and injustice – against the person they had pledged to pursue and come to a deep love.
Although the valley took them by surprise, he did not take them by surprise. He met them in this valley, having passed by himself. The believers will teach them in this valley. They understood his kingdom as never before. Thankfully, they will assume their roles in that kingdom. They will again ascend the Glee Mountain in Jesus. Noun. They were calling his church, but only their valley.
Christ is the Lord! He is the Lord of all. Lord of the mountains. Lord of the valleys. Here is the crucial question: Is it your Lord? Still today, he has a tender word for you: Come! “If anyone thirsts, let him come and drink” [Jesus, John 7:37].