Dear Church Family: You know the story of Holy week right? On that original Palm Sunday, they declared “Hosanna, Hosanna, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” Just five short days later, presumably some of the very same people who were shouting “Hosanna” on Sunday, were shouting “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” on Friday.
The fickleness of humanity is common when God doesn’t meet up with our expectations. The crowds were expecting Jesus to give a UFC-styled beat down on the Romans. Those folks were waiting for some Jesus miracles big time. Joining Jesus is better than winning the lottery! Life would be easy street. No worries. No sickness. No problems. What kind of holy hoopla did Jesus give them before his death on Friday? One measly miracle. One. He curses a fig tree! Wow Jesus! I hope you didn’t strain yourself this time! You see when folks are disillusioned they will do desperate, despicable, dreadful things.
We can’t be hard on them. It is our story as well. We turn to God when there is something we need badly. Interest in God goes up by leaps and bounds when a major crisis strikes. Suddenly we want Jesus, in terms of this story, to ride into the city and become the kind of king We want Him to be. Lord save now! Lord pay bills now! Lord cure coronavirus now! Lord give me peace now!
The Lord will answer our prayers. He will answer in the very best of ways. However, at the same time He must answer in His own way. The Messiah would undoubtedly take the seat of the king. We just had no idea that his throne would be a pagan cross. We expected Jesus to meet our needs. We just had no idea how deep His saving would go beyond the solutions for which we were asking. Holy week is a story of the mismatch between our expectations and God’s answer. Holy week teaches us that we can trust that our Hosanna cries will not go unanswered. Holy week teaches us that his saving will go beyond all that we can possibly imagine.
Grace and Peace,