April 1, 2012 by Stephen
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’” They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve. (Mark 11:1-11)
Today’s text is a familiar one. Every year we come back to Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. Our children process into the sanctuary waving palm branches while we are reminded in scripture and in song of the shouts of “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” It’s a joyful parade-like atmosphere. Happiness abounds.
What do you think it would have been like to have been there that day?
Things must have seemed hopeful. But, we know what Jesus knew – we know how this story ends. This is the beginning of a small story that is necessary for the larger story to reach its climax. As we journey through Holy Week and follow in the footsteps of Jesus and his disciples, may we be reminded of our places in the larger story of God and God’s kingdom come to earth through Jesus the Christ.