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It was a triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The city, already abuzz with crowds gathered for the Feast, turned their focus onto Jesus. They celebrated His arrival, they took palm branches and cloaks to cover His path. They cried Hosanna as they praised and cheered Him. What joy, what excitement.

“Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!” (John 12:13)

Yet a week later, those same voices stop shouting “Hosanna” and begin a different chant “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” The celebration of Jesus’ arrival into Jerusalem quickly turned into a jeering, mocking crowd. From hosanna to crucify Him, the crowd had turned. How fickle, how forgetful, how easily led astray they were.

“But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify Him!” ” (Mark 15:14)

I am challenged though. Are we the same? Do we on the one hand proclaim “Hosanna” and on the other mutter “crucify Him”? Do we give our all to Jesus on a Sunday, but on Monday morning lapse into our sinful nature? Are we just as fickle as that crowd? We worship Jesus, declare our love for Him, but then refuse to surrender our lives to Him? Refuse to be obedient to His call and to make Him our priority? Times when we stay silent but should speak up, times when our faith is more in our employer than in God our provider, times when our judgment lacks or we fail to show grace?

“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)

 Lord – may our hearts remain steadfast and true to You!

 

 

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