6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
It’s here…Palm Sunday!
When I was little, one of the ways we celebrated Palm Sunday in Sunday school class was cutting out green construction paper palm leaves and waving them around shouting “Hosanna to the King of Kings!” I didn’t really understand what it all meant then but I knew that somehow I was praising Jesus and that it made Him happy.
Now, however, I think about what a glorious day that was for the Lord. It’s a wonderful feeling when people shower you with love and adoration. Who doesn’t crave that? But the feelings must have been bittersweet, because deep down the Lord knew that it was to be short-lived.
For me, today was a day filled with tears. Some happy tears, some sad tears. In my adult Sunday School class, we watched a clip of the Passion of Christ where Jesus was beaten and whipped.
How easily I forget that horrendous day. I’ve seen that movie and that scene in particular a few times, but I can’t watch it without shedding tears. He did it all for us.
Then after church a couple friends and I saw “Miracles From Heaven”, a movie about the faith of a family in the midst of painful circumstances. A mother’s faith is tested when her daughter contracts a serious illness and is on the brink of dying. Let me just say that at the end “God shows up” as the mother in the film says. Only He was there the whole time…she just needed to open her eyes to realize it. Yeah, my eyes were shiny with tears throughout the whole movie. The whole audience broke out into applause at the end.
Harold and I saw Risen on Friday night. Another powerful movie! It was an interesting perspective, I had chills for much of the movie and some of the “scenes” from the Bible truly came alive for me and again it brought tears to my eyes. If you are skeptical about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, this is an interesting movie for you. It’s from the perspective of the Roman soldier who was charged to protect the body of Christ and later search for the body and the disciples. His experience is profound.
I hope you find some time this week to reflect on who Jesus is.