Are We Any Different?

Luke 19:28-40 (NIV)

After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”

32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”

34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.”

35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.

37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”


Luke makes an interesting distinction about those who gathered to welcome Jesus to Jerusalem just before Passover.  He says that those who were shouting, “Hosanna!” were His disciples.  Not necessarily the twelve, but a large crowd of followers who had accompanied Jesus to Jerusalem.  People flocked to Jesus because of the mighty things He had done.  Everywhere Jesus went, large crowds followed Him.  This day was no different.

But the jubilation and joy of Palm Sunday soon gave way to the darkness and gloom of Good Friday.  Not only did the crowds turn on Jesus, but nearly everyone abandoned Him.  He rode into Jerusalem with such popularity and adulation.  Within five days, He was being nailed to a cross.  We wonder how this could have happened.  We like to think that we would have remained faithful to Jesus, but would we have been any different?  Would we have shouted for Jesus and not for Barabbas?  Would we have shouted for Pilate to set Jesus free instead of, ‘Crucify Him!”?

I do not believe that we would have acted much differently.  We find ourselves ready to give up on our faith when the slightest hint of difficulty comes our way.  We’re ready to walk away from Jesus when situations and circumstances don’t go the way we think they should.  Yet Jesus still intercedes and pleads with God on our behalf, “Father, forgive them.”

Let us not be too hasty in judging those who followed Jesus into Jerusalem on the original Palm Sunday and yet turned on Him in less than 5 days.  If we take a good look at ourselves, we’ll find that we are not much different than they.

PRAYER: Father, I ask for Your forgiveness for the times that I abandon You in doubt, fear or anger.  I want to praise You with all of my heart, but I fall so short.  Thank You for Your grace.  Thank You for Your love.  Thank You for Jesus.  In His name, amen.


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