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The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival

heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem.

They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna!’

John 12:12-13

As this final week of Lent begins before Holy Week, we are approaching what is celebrated as Palm Sunday. Reflect back to that first Palm Sunday. Jesus entered the City of David with a crowd of followers and disciples. Jesus was met by a crowd that had already gathered in the city for Passover. Imagine Jesus on the back of a colt. See the crowd and disciples with him rushing to meet him. Much like sometimes pictured on the news, the crowd pressed in on Jesus just as they surround a car carrying a dignitary or celebrity. Where would you be in that picture?

Would you be among those who throw their cloak on the ground for Jesus’ colt to walk upon? Or, would you be one of the leaders who demanded Jesus rebuke the disciples? (Luke 19:39). Would your voice be one that could be heard crying “Hosanna!” like those lining the streets that day? Would you be so excited anticipating the chance to see the Messiah that, like Zacchaeus you might climb a tree to see Him more clearly?

The celebration was wild and on the verge of getting out of control. The religious leaders were horrified that on the Sabbath the crowds were so unruly. They sacrificed the joy of spontaneity for what they felt was respectable. Nearly 45 years ago, I came in to a dorm from a church service singing, laughing and dancing. The dorm mother (yes, they had those then), confronted me about 2 inches from my face with an accusation; asking if I was drunk. My response shocked her, just as I am sure these religious leaders were shocked by what they observed watching the crowd that day. I stated, “No, I am drunk on the Spirit of Jesus.” She stumbled backwards as though she had seen something offensive. Perhaps that is how the religious leaders felt on that first Palm Sunday.

Jesus didn’t call us to be spectators. In fact, in response to the religious leaders, Jesus stated, “If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” (Luke 19:39-40). Today, enter into worship for Your Lord Jesus Christ. Fast being a spectator. Celebrate Jesus with the abandon of joy often seen in children. Acknowledge the emotions that rise up in you when you imagine what you would have seen on that first Palm Sunday and step out of the spectator seats to celebrate and honor Jesus with your voice and life today.


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