This Sunday we celebrate Palm Sunday – the triumphant entry of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem. The crowds are shouting and waving branches, but the question I have is, “What are they shouting?” The answer is: The crowd is conducting a royal procession. They are shouting a portion of Psalm 118, starting at verse 20, but more specifically at verses 25 and 26. So this begs the next question, “What’s the reason for all the shouting?”
Jesus is entering the city of Jerusalem in a royal procession because he wants to make a statement against the authorities. His statement is that it’s not a select group who’s in charge – it’s God that’s in charge. The oppression of the people must be stopped and this statement, this procession, is meant to begin that process. We can all shout, “Hosanna, blessed be the One who comes in the name of the Lord!” But are we all ready to follow him - even into death? I wonder about that…
This blog consists of reflections written by the minister each week for the Sunday bulletin. We hope that you enjoy the musings!