The Greeks, as we read last week, came and asked to see Jesus. This event actually took place in the context of the Holy Week with what we often refer to as Palm Sunday.
John 12:12-16: “The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: ‘Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ The King of Israel!’
Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: ‘Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, Sitting on a donkey’s colt.’
“His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.”
I confess there have been times I wanted to be famous and I think everyone at sometime has that dream or wish.
We want to be recognized for being SOMEBODY, doing something important.
We all have our story to tell yet mostly we live what we consider pretty simple and mundane lives that we enjoy there are still days we would like a bit more attention.
Once in awhile someone will stop me and comment on this or that or say ‘good sermon’, there are those around town that say hi often and even a few that I get a wee hug from now and again.
And honestly, I think that is about as famous as I want to be now.
But here was Jesus, a death sentence over His head from the rulers of the Temple, yet as we see here people “went out to meet Him...”
They heard He was coming to Jerusalem and they went out and welcomed Him like the King He was intended to be.
He came on the donkey as the prophesy had said, not on a charger like a conqueror, but rather simply, quietly and the crowds sang His praises.
As a few verses later share a big part of it was that here was the guy who raised Lazarus back to life.
And he had been dead long enough that there was no question that he was dead. It was a big deal, and then everyone knew the leaders wanted him dead, mostly because He was more famous then they were.
So as we look to Holy Week and services here there and other places, this Sunday (March 29) at every church in town for Palm Sunday and as we meet at the Baptist Fellowship on Tuesday evening and at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Wednesday evening (both at 7 p.m., for Community services to which all are welcome) and then other times at various other churches throughout next week that you will be able to participate and that each service will point us to this Jesus who was proclaimed Blessed, King on that Palm Sunday so many years ago.
That Jesus, who after being proclaimed King was then vilified by those of His day and finely crucified to pay the price for sin.
But ultimately He is the resurrected Saviour as we shall see in next week’s reflection in this Lenten series.
Shouting Hosanna with the crowds,
Rev. Jon Bergen
Brechin Baptist Fellowship