My Answer

Q: Wasn’t Jesus actually a failure? After all, at the beginning of His last week on earth He hoped people would make Him into their king, but by the end of the week everyone had turned against Him, and they ended up killing Him.

A: Yesterday Christians across the world celebrated what has come to be called “Palm Sunday”—the day on which Jesus rode into Jerusalem and was welcomed by enthusiastic crowds waving palm branches. They shouted, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!” (John 12:13).

But Jesus had no desire to become an earthly king—as He repeate...