It was the miracle of Christ raising Lazarus from the dead which caused Jerusalem to welcome Christ on the next day, Palm Sunday as one who comes in the Name of the Lord. An excitement was building among some people that the signs were there – perhaps Jesus is the Messiah, Jesus is Lord.
“The people therefore that was with Him when He called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record. For this cause the people also met Him, for that they had heard that He had done this miracle.
Who brings joy to a house? A welcome guest.
Who brings even greater joy to a house? The householder, returning after a long absence.
Happy the hands that received the Lord Jesus as a welcome Guest!
Happy the lips that greeted Him as a Friend!
Happy the souls who made their reverence to Him as the Householder with a song of welcome!”
(Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic, Homilies, pp 185-186)
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