I often think about the contrasting feelings and opinions that come so naturally from living in this suit of flesh we do, and I wonder if we Christians of today might have been among those who cried “Hosanna” yesterday and “crucify Him” today.
People don’t like not receiving what they have their minds set on receiving. The Jerusalemites (my liberties taken there:) expected the Lord to set up a new political system. They wanted Him to act as King in a way they understood. When He didn’t egos were crushed, expectations were dashed, flesh was denied and as a result, emotions flared hot and hateful.
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever (Hebrews 13:8).
Let’s examine ourselves during this week of our Lord’s Passion. What heart issues has He been working on you with?
Perhaps on good days, when all your emotional frequencies are inline with those around you, you do cry out “Hosanna”, shouting praises pristine and clear. But on those days that haven’t feel so good, have you moved around in a posture that lacked any expression of hope in God’s sovereignty, acknowledgment of His presence, or faith in His Word?
Remember now that the Holy Spirit lives on the inside of us and is easily grieved. “Crucify Him” doesn’t have to be a blatant spoken word as it was in that day. It can just as easily be a word NOT spoken.
In fact, amongst us present day Christians, “crucify Him” is pretty much exclusively shouted from the rooftops of our attitudes.
We have been given a remarkable gift. The procession has begun. This is the week of our Lord’s walking toward the Passion He sweat Blood over, agonizing, even crying out to God to experience the Passover He was for Himself. And He did all it for us: for the cleansing, forgiveness of our sins.
Through His gift we have the opportunity to examine and submit ourselves unto His glorious resurrection. Let’s walk with Him, aware, in that.
Sure, Christ has prayed to the Father for our forgiveness concerning the things we do not know, but I am wholeheartedly convinced that our ‘submission to’ and ‘search of’ self awareness for Christ’s sake likens to the highest praise.