Welcome to the halfway mark for Holy Week. This is a time that historically signifies Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem (last Sunday) and his resurrection seven days later. What has been taken over by bunnies, colorful eggs and candy is in actuality the darkest and most heart breaking chapter in all of history.
In John 12 we see Jesus entering Jerusalem receiving honor and glory that is only natural to his true being as God, Messiah, Savior, Redeemer, First-born of All Creation, King of Ages, I AM.
They took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”
The words screamed out of joy by the people are, “Thank God for you Jesus, thank God for you our savior!” The tragedy is not in the fact that the exaltation stops. But the hearts of the people harden into the darkest of hates as five days later, everything changes.
They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!”
Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?”
The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” (John 19:15)
When Jesus resurrected on the third day, it marks the completion of his mission to forgive, justify and adopt us as his people. But, as they say, it is always darkest before dawn. Let the next few days be full of meditation on the cost of our faith and assurance in salvation.