Monday, April 18, 2011

Hosanna In The ... Crucify Him

Today's Palm Sunday readings cover from Jesus's triumphal entry into Jerusalem to the sealing of his tomb.  Noman's pastor pointed out in his homily that the triumphal cries of "hosanna in the highest, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord" turned to angry shouts of "crucify him, crucify him" because the throngs' hopes were fixed on a political messiah, and Jesus dashed that hope.   The same crowd was bitterly disappointed, and acted to call for the death of the very person they praised just days before.  People are like that.  We're like that with God, too.  We ask Him to fulfill our hopes, and get spitting mad at Him when he doesn't do it in a way that we can recognize.  Noman can't disagree with his pastor's insight, and is thankful for consistent preaching that makes the word--The Word--very personal, and accessible.

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