Palm Sunday – It all starts today the seemingly bright start on the road to the darkest place. Palm Sunday is about celebration of the Man Jesus Christ, because that is what people saw him as. Some had an inkling that there was something more, something different about this man. He performed miracles, but was he just a prophet, or perhaps even a trickster? Nevertheless the prophecies were that one day the Messiah would come and release the Jewish people from the oppression they were suffering. They expected another Abraham or Moses character to lead their people out from under Roman rule.
The people were looking at the physical situation surrounding them, the oppressive rule from Rome, a puppet king and their religious leaders at odds with each other. They were meant to be a great nation and a free people and this man had made promises about a Kingdom of God. So break off the palm leaves and wave them in the air as he approaches Jerusalem riding on a donkey, lay cloaks before him and celebrate because this will be the man to break the iron fist of the Romans in the Judean regions. Could this be the Messiah?
History shows us that this wasn’t to be. Jesus had spoken about a new Kingdom of God, but it wasn’t to be a political establishment. This man would bring freedom but not in military or diplomatic power. A ruler would lose by the end of this week, but it wouldn’t be the Romans in charge.
How often do we look at the physical problems around us and concentrate on these things, celebrating a promised victory, or worrying over a possible outcome? If we are then our focus is on the wrong things, instead we should listen to Paul who says;
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Cor 4 v 16 – 18