>> Sunday, April 17, 2011
But what happens to all that emotion when the moment has passed? We may have pictures or a video to help us remember the event, but the high level of anticipation and enjoyment is over. It becomes a faded memory.
One week after His triumphal entry, Jesus was placed on trial, mocked, spit on, beaten and killed. What happened to that cheering crowd? How could they let that happen? Before we lay too much blame, what would we have done? It’s fun to be part of a cheering crowd. It’s not so much fun to stand up for someone if that means you will be killed too.
Today, we know the end of that story, but they were still writing it.
“The disciples went and did exactly what Jesus told them to do. They led the donkey and colt out, laid some of their clothes on them, and Jesus mounted. Nearly all the people in the crowd threw their garments down on the road, giving him a royal welcome. Others cut branches from the trees and threw them down as a welcome mat. Crowds went ahead and crowds followed, all of them calling out, "Hosanna to David's son!" "Blessed is he who comes in God's name!" "Hosanna in highest heaven!" Matthew 21:6-9 (MSG)