Palm Sunday paradox

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A FRIEND of mine prefers Palm Sunday to the other Easter days. He remembers the celebratory festive experience of all those palm fronds decorating his church when he was a kid.

“It was a glimpse of what the world should be, remembering the crowds that greeted Jesus as he rode in triumph into Jerusalem on a donkey,” he said.

“Then in a week it all changes and the same mob that waved palms and shouted Hosanna is calling for Jesus’ death. It is disconcerting because it shows how fickle we are as human beings – one minute adoring and the next full of hate”.

My friend understands the reality. He knows you can’t have Palm Sunday without it being followed by the terrible events of Good Friday. And you can’t have Good Friday without acknowledging the resurrection of Easter Sunday.

It’s all about paradox. Supposed triumph turns into apparent tragedy and is followed by a genuine triumph.

Pastor Bill Hybels said those lining the streets of old Jerusalem probably had different reasons for waving those palms. Some were political activists; they’d heard Jesus had supernatural power, and they wanted him to use it to free Israel from Roman rule. Others had loved ones who were sick or dying. They waved branches, hoping for physical healing. Some were onlookers merely looking for something to do, while others were genuine followers who wished Jesus would establish himself as an earthly king.

“Jesus was the only one in the parade who knew why he was going to Jerusalem – to die,” said Hybels. “He had a mission, while everyone else had an agenda.”

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8 thoughts on “Palm Sunday paradox

  1. The thing is, once we become Christians we can no longer be spectators. To be a disciple of Jesus, we too must follow our Lord and Saviour’s example. We must ‘carry our cross’ and die to self.

    “The concept of “dying to self” is found throughout the New Testament. It expresses the true essence of the Christian life, in which we take up our cross and follow Christ. Dying to self is part of being born again; the old self dies and the new self comes to life (John 3:3–7). Not only are Christians born again when we come to salvation, but we also continue dying to self as part of the process of sanctification. As such, dying to self is both a one-time event and a lifelong process.

    Jesus spoke repeatedly to His disciples about taking up their cross (an instrument of death) and following Him. He made it clear that if any would follow Him, they must deny themselves, which means giving up their lives—spiritually, symbolically, and even physically, if necessary. This was a prerequisite for being a follower of Christ, who proclaimed that trying to save our earthly lives would result in our losing our lives in the kingdom. But those who would give up their lives for His sake would find eternal life (Matthew 16:24–25; Mark 8:34–35)…… Got Questions Org.

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  2. I too love this time of year and especially Sunday. It is the day we call out,” He is Risen!”
    Jesus overcame death.
    I also love reading the OT and like a Where’s Wally book I love to find Jesus within the pages.

    The palm Sunday event is preceded with Abraham being asked to sacrifice his son. He pulled along a donkey risen by his son with wood for the “sacrifice” on his back.. God, in His brilliance, says He has another sacrifice. Jesus too riding a donkey, later would have wood on His back.

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  3. Good Friday, regardless of what you think are the whys and wherefores, is a time to remember the willingness of a man to suffer and give his life for the sake of others. I think some might like this song

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