2020 unfortunately will be remembered as the year of the State Mandated Palm Sunday Covid-19 Shutdown. But my wife and I did watch online watch as our church Grace Church in Roseville streamed the April 5th 2020 Church Service.
While it was not the same as meeting at the physical church building with our friends and other believers, my wife and I streamed church in the comfort of our living room dressed for comfort while sipping coffee and sharing a muffin.
Good news is.. that first Palm Sunday a pandemic was not part of God's narrative. Instead just as recorded in the Gospels, Jesus triumphant entry traveled the streets of Jerusalem on a donkey with the crowds shouting Hosanna.
So here we go.. 2000 years ago Jesus sends a couple of his disciples to get the donkey for his ride by telling the donkey owner... "The Master has need of it."
Note: The chosen donkey did take offense to being called 'IT'
The crowds cheer as Jesus begins his procession down the palm branch laden roads of Jerusalem. Even some tourists from up North could be heard declaring Jesus king in their own special way.. doncha-know.
Side Point: It is a sobering irony to realize the crowds this first Palm Sunday shouting HOSANNA, were screaming CRUCIFY HIM!.. just 5 days later.
While most of the crowd this first Palm Sunday were celebrating Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem the Religous leaders in attendance were miffed.
I would call them the Palm Sunday Pouters.
The were mostly of these crowds honoring Jesus and most likely jealous of Jesus sweet ride.
The Donkey Speaks..
Also caught up in the celebratory crowd was the Donkey Jesus rode who foolishly thought the crowds were cheering him!
BUT just a couple days later this same donkey was over his embarrassment and back at his stable could be found bragging and signing autographs with the other barnyard folk.
A Dumb Donkey's regrets..
And let me not forget to tell you about the donkey who turned down the chance to be that Palm Sunday donkey because it the time coincided with watching Mr. Ed reruns.
He later lamented in high drama ‘On the Stable Front’ "a life wasted as a bum when he could have A CONTENDER!"
I pray God finds you blessed this Palm Sunday and that we all slow down to appreciate the significance of this entire Holy Week.
From this triumphant entry of Jesus on Sunday, to the dark brutal Crucifixion of Jesus on Friday, and finatlly the unspeakable joy of our Risen Lord. This was all part of God's perfect plan for a fallen world that needs a Savior.
Remember if you don't shout Hosanna, the Rocks may just do it for you.
The mutterings on life and faith by cartoonist Jeff Larson