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On Palm Sunday the crowds cried out " "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes
in the name of the Lord," and on Good Friday they cried, "Let Him be crucified."
How could they turn so fast?
Some scholars suggest that
the first crowd was primarily Gentile and the second one primarily Jewish,
thus accounting for the discrepancy. All I can say to that is, that's a
fast turnover in a country whose primary mode of transportation was sandal
leather, and besides, why would a Gentile proclaim Jesus the Messiah-King
on Palm Sunday? Would they even be familiar with the Messianic Psalm they
Which brings me back to my
question. How could they turn so fast?
What had Jesus ever done
to them? He'd healed their sick, given sight to their blind, fed them when
they were hungry. And He'd upset their leaders.
Why did they turn so fast?
Those who were supposed to bring them closer to God conspired to kill His
That explains a lot, but
it doesn't explain why Judas would celebrate the Passover one hour, and
betray Him another. Or why Simon Peter would be willing to fight for Him
in the garden then deny that he even knew Him later that evening. Why would
those who were closest to Him turn against Him?
Maybe it is the same reason
that I will sing "I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning
back" at worship, then not follow Him.
Fortunately for sinners like
those in the crowd on Good Friday, Judas, Peter and me, the "one who came
in the name of the Lord" came to be crucified, that we might live eternally.
"Who gave himself for our
sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according
to the will of God and our Father." (Galatians 1:4 KJV)
Faithfulness the sermon that corresponds to this devotional.