Palm Sunday is in two days. What an interesting day to in the history of the world. The roads must have been packed with travelers from all over the known world, eager to get to Jerusalem. Jesus comes riding in on a donkey, allowing for the first time the crowds to call him King. The Pharisees, scolding for this travesty, are told, “if these are silent, the rocks will cry out.”(Luke 19:40) Yet as the crowd is praising God and waving the branches, as Jesus comes to the city, He doesn’t entire pridefully, the triumphant conquering hero. Jesus weeps over Jerusalem. He enters wiping away tears for the city that did not recognize it’s savior, for the beloved city that will not stand. “If you only knew today what is needed for shalom! But for now it is hidden from your sight. For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will set up a barricade around you, encircle you, hem you in on every side, and dash you to the ground, you and your children within your walls, leaving not one stone standing on another — and all because you did not recognize your opportunity when God offered it!” (Luke 19:42-44-Complete Jewish Bible)
Who will we be this Palm Sunday? The crowd praising and declaring Him King? The Pharisees wanting the status quo-refusing to see the Messiah when he appears? Will I recognize him when he appears in my life? What will be our response, as he rides into town?