Yesterday, many churches celebrated Palm Sunday. We recalled Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the hope-filled cries of the crowd…and the cleansing of the Temple. It provides an important back-drop to Holy Week; this week that leads to Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
Too many of us want triumph and salvation—without cleansing or death.
We like the idea of a King, but not one who threatens the status quo. We welcome a meek Christ, but resist One who overturns our tables and upsets our finances. We warm to the Great Teacher and the miracle-worker of Nazareth, provided He serves our best interests.
Palm Sunday exposes the fundamental corruption of the human heart. It highlights our fickle nature.
In the context of next weekend (Good Friday and Easter), Palm Sunday reveals the depth of our fallenness. We want a Savior—Hosanna (“Save us!”)—but a Savior who conforms to our expectations; a Savior who fits our plans; a Savior who will comfort us but not confront us. And if he falls short in any way—“Crucify him! Crucify him!”
On Palm Sunday we usually affirm that the first-century crowd had it right for a moment when they welcomed Jesus with palm branches and cloaks. But in light of the looming Easter, it’s a painful expression of our selfishness and short-sightedness.
This week, do we have the faith and courage to welcome the Savior who will do nothing less than overturn the tables of our lives?
Lord Jesus, I invite You to cleanse me afresh and to overturn my life as You choose. I trust You, that even in the chaos and the pain You will turn my life into a vessel of honor and glory for the Father. Amen.