Not just a Sunday Hosanna

1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

5 “Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”

6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.” (Matthew 21:1-11, ESV)

He rode in one day, and the crowds acclaimed him. Shouts of Hosanna, shouts of blessing and praise, they honored him. Acknowledged his kingship, bowed before him.

I stand in church on Sunday and lift my hands. Songs of blessing, honor and praise flow from my mouth. I acknowledge his kingship, bow before him.
20 Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. 21 The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” 22 Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” 23 And he said, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”  (Matthew 27:20-23, ESV)

Why the change? The crowds that so easily praised him so easily swayed to call out against him? One day of 'Hosanna!' and then they shout out for his death? Oh fickle people!

Monday comes and the Hosanna is silenced as I slip myself into the fickle mold of life. I acknowledged him king, Lord of my life...and then I turn away when tempers flare and it isn't easy and God isn't acting like I think God should act so away with him as I take the lead. Oh fickle me.

Can my Hosanna live beyond Sunday into the taking up the cross of every day life?


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