BEGINNING OF HOLY WEEK
This week in the church calendar is known as Holy Week – the week in which Jesus was crucified; the week that started with people throwing their coats and palm branches on the road as Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the colt of a donkey, and they shouted:
Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest! Mark 11:9-10
If I had been there I wonder what I would have felt?
Would my body tingle with excitement that a new king had come?
Or would I think that finally all my troubles would be over?
Would I hope he would heal me of my achy muscles or weak eyes?
PHARISEES NOT HAPPY
Some Pharisees in the crowd must have gotten tired of hearing the shouts, because Luke 19:39 tells us that they asked Jesus to rebuke those who were praising him. Here is what he answered:
I tell you, if these become silent, the very stones would cry out. Luke 19:40
It has been said that some of these people are the same ones who later in the week cried, “Crucify him!” I’m not sure. Jesus had a lot of followers, but he also had enemies, namely the religious leaders. They may very well have influenced some of these same people. Nevertheless, at this time they were praising Him.
Some of them may have questioned why he was riding on a donkey’s colt. This was not how a king came to conquer, but that didn’t deter them from praising him.
As they neared the city, I wonder if anyone noticed when he stopped to look down over Jerusalem.
As he approached and saw the city, he wept for it, saying, “If you knew this day what would bring peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. For the days will come on you when your enemies will build a barricade around you, surround you, and hem you in on every side. They will crush you and your children among you to the ground, and they will not leave one stone on another in your midst, because you did not recognize the time when God visited you." Luke 19:41-44 CSB
What compassion he had! He knew what was coming and it made him weep for the people of Jerusalem.
I do have compassion for people and my heart goes out to them when I hear of troubles and sicknesses. But my compassion pales when compared to Jesus. I pray that He would open my heart to love as he loves. What are your thoughts? I’d love for you to share in the comments.
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