Jesus taught more profoundly than any other teacher. He demonstrated His relationship to God the Father and the authority the Father gave Him through miracles. Raising Lazarus from the dead was the miracle that caused Jesus to go viral in the area.
He enters Jerusalem and a flash mob of people show up with palm branches and cloaks on the road shouting hosanna which means “save”.
A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of Him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
"Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest!”
I would say that is a good day!
The rest of the week Jesus cleared the temple of corruption, taught at the temple, celebrated the Last Supper, and shared final things with his disciples. Before the week was over, Jesus was arrested, brutally beaten, crucified, and placed in a tomb, dead.
When I read about Jesus arriving to the crowds praising Him in Jerusalem and in less than a week a crowd is shouting for Christ’s crucifixion, I ask, “How did that happen?”
How did it go from “Hosanna” to “Kill Him” in less than a week? Was there two completely different crowds? Was this a highly unstable society or unstable group of people?
Matthew 21:10 helps us understand what happened.
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
While some were shouting, “Hosanna!”, others were asking “Who is this?”
Every Sunday morning there are people who are praising Jesus and others wondering who Jesus is.
I have moved from asking “Who” to praising “Hosanna”.
Do you know the “Who” the “Hosannas” are exclaimed to on Palm Sunday?