It’s almost Palm Sunday, when The Church celebrates Jesus entry into Jerusalem. It becomes a parade fit for a king.
They brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes upon it, and he sat on it. Many people spread out their clothes on the road while others spread branches cut from the fields. Those in front of him and those following were shouting, ” Hosanna! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessings on the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest!” Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. After he looked around at everything, because it was already late in the evening, he returned to Bethany with the Twelve. (Mark 11:7-11 CEB)
It’s easy to follow the Lord, or proclaim Jesus as King when things are going well, hopes are high and the cost to you is low.
When the tide turned and things got tough, everyone turned on Jesus. They wanted a powerful king, not a vulnerable, loving kind of guy. It seems more natural to us, might makes right.
If we’re honest, we like to think of God and power and might. Yet Jesus was very different. It’s hard to handle.
Why would God become vulnerable? Because of love. A different way. Actually a harder, more difficult, self sacrificing way. And in the resurrection, we learn that live wins, even over the ultimate opponent of death.
Following Jesus isn’t easy or convenient. As followers, disciples of Christ, we are called to do the same, to choose love, the difficult path, the Godly way. It won’t be easy, comfortable, or convenient. It’s the way of vulnerability and sacrifice.
Prayer: Lord, you are love. Your way is love. You chose love over power, mercy over might. Help me to do the same. Amen.