Today we celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. People are caught up in the moment. They are anticipating the entrance of a worldly Messiah. One who will free them from the yoke of Rome. One who will bring God’s rule to their kingdom.
But the moment will not last. Their expectations were not God’s plan. Within the week they will be disillusioned, disheartened, some even completely turned away from the Christ.
Looking beyond the surface of an event will keep us from being surprised when all is not what it seems to be. Imagine Jesus’ feelings at this moment. He’s being hailed as a conqueror when he knows that the week will end with his crucifixion. Don’t you suppose that the “Hosannahs” rang hollow in his ears?
Yet he allowed the adulation of the crowd. It was part of the learning curve for his disciples. They had a moment in the sun before the darkness of Holy Friday.
It was a foretaste of Resurrection Sunday. No cheering crowd there, just an empty tomb. Wonder. Questions. Elation.