The AFL season has begun again! It is great to be in a crowd of people who are all in agreeance, a bit like the supporters of one team we know that escribes this feeling as, “We fly as one.” A team that sings loudly and confidently can believe their own statements like the team that sings, “We’ve got the Power to win!” So whichever team you support, stick with them no matter what! Like the team that sings, “Whether the odds be great or small, Swans will go in and win overall.” Seriously, the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem must have been incredible as crowds sang confident praises for Jesus.
“During the Passion Week, the crowd in Jerusalem seems to have had a major swing in opinion. Jesus entered the city to praise and adoration but, by the end of the week, faced a crowd shouting for His crucifixion. Can such a change really happen o quickly? We must consider first that the people shouting “Hosanna” when Christ arrived were not the residents of Jerusalem. Instead, He rode in the company of pilgrims coming to the city for Passover. Because of the news about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead and hopes that the Messianic Kingdom would soon begin, these pilgrims took to shouting and praising in their enthusiasm. Singing on the road to Jerusalem was not uncommon, and with their false ideas about a Rome-conquering Messiah, the enthusiasm spilled over into palm branches. Most of the people in Jerusalem, to put it mildly, disagreed with the “unlearned” rabble from the country. Among these types we find the Pharisees, who urged Jesus to rein in the crowd. When Jesus refused and claimed the rocks would praise Him if the people didn’t, their animosity only grew. Between these two opposing currents, Jesus rode into town.” Written by Alfred Edersheim.
Don’t give up on following Jesus. The opposition from those who reject God will only get harder and louder as they seek to make life hard for the followers of Jesus. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9.