Yesterday was palm sunday, the day when we remember jesus going to Jerusalem, riding on a donkey/colt.
1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples,
2 saying to them, Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no-one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.
3 If anyone asks you, 'Why are you doing this?' tell him, 'The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.'
4 They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it,
5 some people standing there asked, What are you doing, untying that colt?
6 They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go.
7 When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it.
8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields.
9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
10Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!
Hosanna in the highest!
11Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
Now often when people talk about this passage, myself included, it is pointed out that the crowd, now praising him as a hero shouting hosanna! would soon turn there back on him shouting "crucify him!"
This seems to me that jesus is given no choice in his fate, they all turned against him, tricked him onto the cross. But what if this was a different crowd than the one in that stood before pilate?
Jesus could have stayed among his friends, the crowd that exalted him, believed in him, the crowd that threw their cloaks and palms before him. I'm sure he could have stayed with them, celebrated together. He would have been treated like a king! But jesus didn't stop he rode on. he rode on into the city where his enemies plotted against him, where he would be among those who hated him. jesus knew this but he still rode on.
So as we move into holy week, lets remember that Jesus did not take the easy route, he didn't stay surrounded by those who loved him. he took the road into darkness.
in our lives it is so tempting to stay in the safe places surrounded by those who like us, those who agree with us, those who do not ask difficult things of us. The thing is, Jesus did not ask us to live an easy life he asked us to take up our cross and follow him, a dark road. So as we remember Jesus' journey this Holy week, may we be inspired by him, may we dare to walk with him, outside of our comfort zone, in the dark places, but not alone, with him at our side.