Who doesn’t like a parade? Well...I’m guess- ing the Roman authorities didn’t appreciate the march of Jesus into Jerusalem that day. A parade is never just a line of people walking down the street. Parades are a way we signify what’s important and who’s important. Pa- rades are a way of saying someone is in control, and a way of celebrating who we are and where we think we are going. Think of parades, or marches, as statements of who’s in power.
Palm Sunday may be the most radical Sunday of the year. Yesterday, when we paraded around the sanctuary and waved palm branches, we were stating what Jesus made clear. His way is a challenge to the world’s way. The world will need to fear that it’s no match for the church. Jesus is a threat to the established order. The question before us is profound: which parade will we join? The world’s or Jesus’?
As I said, the Roman authorities must have gotten nervous when they heard the shouts of “Hosanna!” and saw the reaction of the people of the city. A new king was coming down the block. What to do?!! It’s an odd parade, this one of Jesus’. A rabbi rides a donkey. No war horse. No chariot of fire. It had to have been a jolt to popular expecta- tion. It still should be a jolt to us today! God comes to save us, and it’s not how we thought. Will we lay aside our preconcep- tions of salvation and take our place behind Jesus? Will we join his parade and let him take us this week to who knows where? We’ll see!
Peace, Pastor Gary