Today is Palm Sunday. It's the Sunday when many Christians remember the triumphant entry of the Messiah into the holy city of Jerusalem. This was probably the pinnacle of Jesus' popularity. People lined the streets to cheer for Jesus, most likely because he had just raised Lazarus from the dead. The crowds were pumped. People were smiling and cheering. They were throwing down their coats, and cutting palm branches to be laid out so that his donkey's feet wouldn't have to touch the dirt. Palm Sunday.
I was thinking this morning that it should be called "Hypocrite Sunday." I know it sounds over the top. But many of the people shouting "Hosanna!" (save us!) on Palm Sunday were shouting "crucify him" on Friday. Traitor Sunday. Fair weather fan Sunday. Bunch of lying bums Sunday. They killed the Lord Jesus. They unwittingly took their place in Satan's master plan. They murdered an innocent man, who just so happened to be God. But that's Friday and it wasn't the end of the story...more to come this Holy Week!
But what about us? It's easy to get indignant over what they did, but that would be hypocritical too. Our sins compelled Jesus to die on the cross. If we had been in that crowd many of us would have behaved the same way. All of us have claimed to follow Christ and yet betrayed him with doubts, distractions and faithless fears. We've sinned against the one who paid for our sins. But that's the point; Jesus came to die for sinners. We're all in the same boat. No one person is better than anyone else in his sight. While we might be compelled to judge that unruly crowd...perhaps a better notion is to join them and shout "Hosanna!" Lord, save us.
Read the Bible in One Year Plan: 1 Samuel 18-20