It is amazing to think of how things can change in the span of a week. At the beginning of the week the people were shouting Hosanna, which means save us. But by the end of the week, they were following corrupt religious leaders, and shouting for Jesus to be crucified.
At this time every year Christians stop and reflect on what all that week means for us. We reflect every year because if it wasn’t for the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, we would be eternally lost. We reflect because we realize how unworthy we are of the atonement Jesus made on our behalf. Furthermore, we reflect because, like the crowd, we are shouting God’s praise one minute, then condemning Him for inaction in the next.
Jesus knew what He was riding into, he understood that the hopes of His people were misplaced. They were looking for a political savior, yet Jesus came to save their souls. Many of our Bibles refer to this the triumphal entry, yet by the end of the week it looked like anything but triumph. God’s triumph looks a tad bit different from ours. Jesus would later say during His trial that His Kingdom is not of this world. It wasn’t then, and it still isn’t today.
We like the Jews of Jesus day tend to look at Jesus as the savior of our nation and neglect the individual call of the gospel. We tend to think of God’s wrath on our enemies but definitely not on us. The Jews saw the triumphal entry one way but God saw it in a completely different light. They wanted to be saved from Roman occupation, but God wanted to save them and their oppressors.
As we reflect this week, look to Sunday as a great day of celebration, let us acknowledge we are not that different from the Jews that shouted Hosanna one day, only to shout crucify Him a few days later. That is the beauty of the gospel message, Jesus died for people who can turn so quickly. Think of the devastating denials of Peter, how heart-wrenching that must have been for him. But who stood up and preached on the day of Pentecost? Peter. That is the amazing grace of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. Think about that grace in a deep way this week.