Matthew 21: 8-11
A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
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!”
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
When we see this Palm Sunday scene in the movies, Jesus is seated on the donkey smiling and waving to the crowds. It’s a happy scene that warms the heart.
But consider this, Jesus knew that less than a week later those adoring crowds would turn on him and call for his death. Not only that, but his beloved disciples would all run away, hide in fear, and some even deny him.
But knowing that didn’t stop him from enjoying this triumphant moment—in spite of the difficult situation that lay ahead. We can take a lesson from Jesus here. Life can be difficult, filled with disappointments and struggles as well as tragedies. Some of us get so stuck in the difficult situation. We refuse to move forward. We refuse to enjoy the life we have. In our sadness and maybe even anger, we miss the happy moments—even the triumphant moments.
As a woman who lives with bilateral brain tumors, I struggle with a variety of health issues on a daily basis. I could choose to stay stuck in the difficult circumstances or I can choose to keep my eyes on Jesus. I can remember his triumphant entrance on that Palm Sunday—in spite of the difficulties that he knew he would soon experience.
So this Palm Sunday, let’s keep our eyes on Jesus and do as he did. Enjoy and be thankful for the good moments and rely on the Father during the difficult moments.
God Bless and Happy Easter!