“Hosanna!” They said.
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” They said.
“Crucify him!” They said.
Humans…people…we sure are a mercurial lot. A lot of sinners to put it bluntly. Especially when things don’t happen according to our expectations. Have you ever praised God on Sunday only to curse Him on Monday? I know you would never curse Him out loud, most of you anyway, but perhaps in your heart? If not outright cursing, for sure we are tempted, and often fall into some form of unbelief or another. Worry, fear, anxiety, frustration, attack us on all fronts bidding us to give up, give in, and lose our faith.
Oh, yes, we can turn on a dime when things don’t go our way; When our hope is dashed; When what we thought would be isn’t to be. We can go from saint to sinner in less time than it takes to boil water when our expectations aren’t met.
The people of Jerusalem, some of them anyway, saw Jesus riding in on a donkey. They had seen his miracles. They felt hope. For the first time in a long time. They were suppressed, depressed, and oppressed. They said, “Blessed is the kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!” They thought the Kingdom had come. They thought the Messiah had arrived. And The Kingdom had come. The Messiah had arrived. But not in the way they were expecting.
What do you do when God answers your prayers, but the answer doesn’t look like you thought it would…or should? Have you ever questioned God? Have you ever had faith on Sunday, only to lose it by Friday?
Jesus came to bring His Kingdom. The Kingdom. The Suffering Servant. The Creator of everything came to earth to save His people. Not from Roman oppression, as I’m sure this Jewish crowd was hoping…expecting. No, he came to save His people from themselves.
Jesus came to earth, lived a sinless life, died and rose again so that all who believe might be saved. Perhaps you’ve been looking for salvation in all the wrong places. Perhaps it won’t look like what you thought it would. Maybe you have cursed and rejected God because He didn’t save you in the way you thought He should. Expectations can be dangerous things.
But "there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Repent and believe. The message of the resurrection is hope for humanity. It is hope for you…your only hope. THE ONLY HOPE.