The Cheering Crowd

>> Sunday, April 17, 2011

Have you ever been part of a crowd cheering for someone? Maybe it was a concert … and the music was absolutely out of this world. As the attendees came to their feet, cheering and clapping, did you just sit there? Or did you join in the praise?

I’ve been to a NASCAR race. That’s a loud bunch. I have to admit, I was on my feet a lot, watching, cheering and yelling instructions. But there is an emotional momentum when a group of people join together, focused on one thing.

I remember when the Olympic torch came through town. Wanting my children to witness a part of history, we stood at the side of the street where the torch bearer would be traveling. The road was lined with people … talking excitedly as we waited for that one moment when the torch would pass by.

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.

The Bible tells us the story of a roadway … lined with a cheering crowd. The people were so excited they removed their cloaks and laid them in the road where Jesus was planning to travel … others waved palm branches … or made a welcome mat out of them. Jesus was the center of attention and the multitudes were shouting praises. The entire city of Jerusalem was stirred.

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.

We are in the process of writing our story today. Are we part of the cheering crowd, or have we become judge and jury … and handed down a verdict? How do you want to be seen when you look back on your life?

“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)

2 comments:

Rita Garcia April 17, 2011 at 6:37 AM  

Great thought provoking post! Have a blessed Lord's Day!

Marijo (Mary Jo) Phelps April 18, 2011 at 9:10 AM  

AND we will be waving palm branches and praising Him again in heaven - Revelation tells us this and I cannot wait!

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