In 2023, the Grand Marshal of any big parade would be sitting in a 'nice ride'. Maybe a CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE or some other equally impressive car.
But 2000 years ago Corvettes were scarce, and the sweet ride of choice In Jerusalem for any proper parade or 'triumphant entry' was a... DONKEY. Go figure!
And it was 2000 years ago when Jesus sent a couple disciples to request his 'sweet ride' with the words... "The Master has need of it."
And with this 'sweet ride' secured, the triumphant entry begins. The crowds cheer as Jesus rides down the streets on this 'choice' donkey. Even some OUT STATE tourists could be heard declaring Jesus was King in their own special way...
note: It is IRONY of Biblical proportions to realize the crowds on Palm Sunday shouted HOSANNA, then five short days later the crowds shouted CRUCIFY HIM!
Now back to that first Palm Sunday while most were celebrating King Jesus' triumphant entry there were a few with bad attitudes I would describe as the 'Palm Sunday Pouters'.
These Pouters were the religious leaders of the day who were mostly indignant about these crowds honoring Jesus while a few others were simply jealous of Jesus sweet (donkey) ride.
Remember.. a good donkey was the Corvette of Jesus day.
This was how Holy Week began 2000 years ago (give or take a few cartoons). But that jubilant Palm Sunday would be followed by the Jesus arrest and crucifixion by Friday...But Sunday was coming when Jesus was resurrected that first Easter morning.
Jesus' death and resurrection signed the completion of God's Salvation plan for sinful mankind. This... is God's Amazing Grace.
So I pray just like that first Palm Sunday we shout hosanna in worship and honor our savior Jesus Christ. Remember if you don't shout Hosanna, the Rocks may just do it for you.
Palm Sunday Blessings,
<-- note: this poor donkey laments turning down being Jesus Palm Sunday donkey. He coulda been somebody.. instead of a dumb donkey!
The mutterings on life and faith by cartoonist Jeff Larson