Of course today the Grand-Marshal of any parade would be seen riding in maybe a CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE or some other equally impressive auto. But 2000 years ago the sweet ride of choice for any proper triumphant entry fit for a king was a.. DONKEY. Go figure!
So Jesus sends of a couple disciples to pick up this fine ride with the words... "The Master has need of it."
AND THE CROWD GOES WILD..
And so the triumphant entry begins, the crowds cheer as Jesus begins his procession down the palm branch laden roads of Jeruselum. 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.
Another 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 his Sunday afternoon nap.
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, through the pain and sadness of Jesus crucified, and ultimately 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