Today's Reading - Luke 19:28-48
The Triumphal Entry, for me, is one of the most glorious events in the Bible. Right up there with the dove descending on Jesus at His baptism and God speaking through the clouds. But Luke’s version leaves out two of our most famous traditions celebrated during Palm Sunday- the palms and the shouting of Hosanna! As a child growing up in the Catholic Church it was my favorite Sunday, as it was the only time we did not have to sit perfectly still. We actually got to move our arms around!
I love the fulfillment of prophecy that is shown to us with the colt, I love the humility of Jesus to ride a lowly donkey; but what I love most is the praise from the people. The people are throwing their cloaks down in front of Jesus and shouting praises to Him. Vs. 37 tells us, “the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen.” Can you imagine this scene? In my childhood mind, I see the people in celebratory praise, palms and branches waving, maybe even a little confetti coming down from the sky and Jesus smiling at the people. And even though this image for me is from my childhood, I can’t help but think of this every time I celebrate or read about the Triumphal Entry.
What Luke’s account shares that is different from the other gospels is Jesus weeping over the city. Jesus is weeping for His people, He is weeping, “because you did not recognize, the time of God’s coming to you.” Jesus weeps for us too. How many times do we not recognize Him? We are so busy running around in our daily lives that many times we miss that Christ is all around us. How many times are we so burdened and broken in our lives that we don’t feel like we can offer praises to God? One of my favorite songs is Broken Hallelujah by The Afters. A line from the chorus says,
I’ve seen joy and I’ve seen pain,
And on my knees, I call your name
Here’s my broken Hallelujah
With nothing left to hold onto
I raise these empty hands to you
So as we are in Lent and preparing for Christ’s Triumphal Entry, will you be one of the people that Christ weeps over because you don’t see Him or will you offer your broken praises to Him?
What areas of your life can you offer praise even though it is difficult?
Will you commit to seeing Christ in others?
Who can you invite to church for Palm Sunday?
Ok put down the Bible and live this week like it was your last!
by Laura Arana