On the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, it looked as if a cheering crowd had found what it was looking for (Matthew 21:4).
Years later, the Apostle Paul wrote under the influence of what happened in the week that followed. Because his readers had heard the story, he didn’t take the time to retell it. Instead, he urged them, and us, to join him in a life shaped by “the mercies of God” (Romans 12:1-2).
Those 4 words seem to be Paul’s way of summing up the story that changed his life (Romans 11:32).
Who could have known that in the mercy of God there is something far greater than what prompted an enthusiastic crowd to throw their clothes and palm branches in the path of Jesus’s donkey (Romans 11:33-36)?