Monday, March 29, 2010

The Triumphal Entry

Matthew 21 

Of all the events of Jesus' life the "Triumphal Entry" has been one of the most perplexing to me. I wonder how it is that a very large crowd (Jn. 21:8) could hail him with great fanfare as he came into the city and then--we can only assume--it was those same people transformed into rabble, shouting "crucify him!" before the end of that same week. What was the matter with those people?!?

It occurs to me that here is a vivid example of a burning truth. In keeping with the human disease of sin we are quite capable of saying very religious things without having a clue. If these people had known Jesus at all they would not have been surprised at his driving out the money changers and teaching in parables. They would have seen the miracles and believed and not doubted. Despite their warm welcome they ultimately decided that he was only welcome if he fit into their preconceived notions. Are we not like that as well?

How many welcome Jesus with palms and hosannas because they have heard he can save them and make their lives wonderful, yet turn on him when soon thereafter they find him too meek, or too forgiving or too willing to allow suffering. They then "crucify" him out of their lives like the rocky soil in Jesus parable in Luke 8. Our fickleness should give us pause.

Have you cut a palm branch for him? Beware the cry of crucifixion!

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