The crowds preceding him and those following kept crying out and saying…
Hosanna to the Son of David…
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord…
Hosana in the highest.
Matthew, Chapter 21, Verse 9
Today we read about Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem for the Passover feast, a day of joyous triumph. The crowd shouts Hosanna, waving tree branches, and creating a red carpet experience for Jesus as the people spread their cloaks on the ground in front of him. I wonder what was going through Jesus’ mind at that moment. What was he feeling in his heart?
This mystery that is Father, Son and Holy Spirit looked out as man on a sea of welcoming, smiling, laughing, chanting humanity and perhaps was filled with joy. But as God, with the shadow of the cross looming, and with the knowledge that these same people would betray, condemn, and crucify him in the coming days, his heart must have been broken on our behalf. And yet, more than broken, his heart was full of compassion and love for all of us. Yes, even us today, two thousand years removed from those events, we were encompassed in the great love that held him fast to his terrible path, to that awful cross that offers us complete and eternal redemption.
14 April 2014