From Cheering to Cursing

The crowds in Jeruselam cheered together when Jesus entered the town on Palm Sunday.  But then in a week, the same crowd cursed and wanted to cruxify Jesus. How could they change so much in such a short time?

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Matthew 21:7-11

They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.  The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

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Expectations!

The crowd in Jerusalem had high expectations on Jesus, to become their political leader, saving them and leading them to rebell against the Roman Empire and to restore their nation. However, in just a few days, they found out that Jesus was absolutely not doing what they have expected. They had no clue how Jesus could be their King as he did not do anything heroic. Therefore, quickly they became frustrated, angry and turned against Jesus. They wanted him to die.

As a Christian today, what is our expectation on Jesus?  Do we expect God :

  • to solve all our problems, heal ourselves and our loved ones?
  • to give us a smooth and prosperous life?
  • to judge and punish all the bad people?
  • to save all the poor and solve all the society problems?

What is our expectation on our church leaders? They need to be perfect, fair and spiritual?

The big question is “Did Jesus come to fulfill our will?”

Sometimes, we expect God to follow our will and support our footsteps.  But rather, we should discern His will by studying more on His words, and be His followers.

What is your expectation on God today?

Today is Palm Sunday, on this day we celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and marks the start of Holy Week, the final days of his earthly ministry. Let’s meditate into His words…

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