After reading Will You Wave Palm Branches over at In His Name by Angela, where she shares reflections on Palm Sunday,I began to think what happens after all the fanfare of our adoration and praise. What happens after our hoop, holler, and hallelujah?
Isn’t rather easy to get with a group an sing and chant our Hosannas? Going with the crowd doesn’t require much effort. And as Heidi Klum says on Project Runway, one day you’re in and the next you’re out. And Jesus was no exception to this statement. One day the crowds were shouting Hosanna and singing His praises. Only to have the tides turn a short time later and those very same people crying out, Crucify Him!
At first glance, it seems rather odd that the same people (side note: I’m not sure the crowd included the same people but I found two interesting articles discussing this here and here) who saw something praiseworthy in Him could have such a change of heart and demand to have him killed. But they are not so different from ourselves. Inevitably we all describe a faucet of God’s goodness. And when the going is good, it’s easy to speak of that goodness. Yet when waves of trouble, unforeseen trials, and daunting challenges come crashing in our happy places, it’s then that our tides tend to change. Of course we don’t typically find ourselves crying out to crucify Christ during those moments. But we can find ourselves tempted to kill our praises, our testimonies of his goodness, and our commitment to certain spiritual disciplines when things don’t turn out quite as we expected.
I like the way Angela expressed it in her post:
The same people who waved palm branches at Jesus Christ and spread their clothes for Him to ride on were the same people who cried out, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” days later. How could that be? Sadly, we have only to look at our own fickle selves. Today we sing and dance and clap our hands in fervent worship and praise, but tomorrow when temptation and hardship and pain come we quickly forget what He did for us –Angela Joseph
Trouble has away of commanding our attention and it’s at those times that it’s most critical to chose to set our focus. As the Psalmist’s says in Psalms 119:123 (NLT) My eyes strain to see your rescue, to see the truth of your promise fulfilled. Life can be so filled with mayhem that we have strain to find that which is praiseworthy.
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- On Seeing the Good in Good Friday (incourage.me)
- Little known tidbits to help you appreciate Easter more (teachingsundayschool.blogspot.com)
- Lent 2013: Holy Heart; The Tears (swordofgoliath.blogspot.com)
- Palm Sunday Reflections (2encourage.blogspot.com)