Monday, April 18, 2011
As Jesus, the Christ, made his way into Jerusalem, he was greeted by a crowd of people who were not unlike the crowds that neared him while he performed miracles, fed 5,000 men, women and children with five loaves of bread and two fish, healed the lame to walk and brought Lazarus back to life in physical form. Yet, there was something about this greeting that was different. No one asked Christ hard questions on this day. It was as if the people filling the path knew, just now, who Christ was.
As Matthew chapter 21 and verses six through nine states, “The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them.
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!’"
This event, particularly the cutting down of the branches and the people ushering Christ into Jerusalem, are commemorated today as Palm Sunday.