When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
—-Mark 11: 7-10
And Pilate answered and said again unto them, ‘What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews?’
And they cried out again, Crucify him.
—-Mark 15: 12-13
Today, Palm Sunday, we commemorate the very successful entry of Jesus to Jerusalem. He isn’t treated as just any kind of guest but a celebrity. I could imagine the Jews revered him like a Hollywood celebrity or a royalty of a known extant kingdom in the modern times threading through the infamous red carpet. But probably, Jesus was revered a little more than that as people even threw their cloaks on the road for Him to transverse on. Just imagine you placing your beloved jacket on the floor only to be stepped on by some person which no one in his sane mind would do even if the jacket is already worn out. So I could just see how warmly Jesus was welcomed by the people of Israel. He was more than a celebrity, more than the most reliable prophet and more than a mortal king—he was really welcomed as a GOD.
But I was surprised. Just a few chapters from Jesus’ warm welcome, I find myself reading “Crucifiy him!” shouted by the same people who had just venerated him by the words, “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
Wow, I told myself. Those Jews must have been a bunch of mental retardates.
What had happened after the palms had dried, after they washed their cloaks which His noble donkey steed had stepped on and after rejoicing with all those Hosanna praises? What on earth made them changed their minds after a few days?
I know that there are those high priests that were already planning for the downfall of Christ. But still, there are way a lot of people there who were allegedly revering him. Perhaps, just a few words of those supposedly “holy men” changed their minds. I find this absolutely unbelievable but after a few minutes of meditation, I understood the instability of human faith.
Many members of humanity, both during Jesus’ time and the present, are believers in God BUT do not give emphasis in knowing him more fully. They do not fully understand the teachings which Jesus had established. They do not read the bible much hence, they believe more in Dan Brown’s fiction. They rebel against the Catholic Church looking at the wrongful acts made by some priests but they forgot that priests are also human who could commit sins and the fact that majority of the priests are still rightful men.
And because of this a lot of people had voluntarily split themselves to several personalities.
To be a true Christian, one must be consistent in following the words of God in his words, actions and deeds in EVERYTHING we do. But nowadays, people seem to have very different personalities because of not knowing these words. A knowledgeable lawyer may be a very strict and righteous in front of his students but at the same time abusive and neglects his family. He could be very idealistic as a law student and wants to create change in the system but when he became a lawyer, he set those idealisms aside and became one of the burdens of the system. He is different in front of his companeros, clients, family, and students and also shows a different face inside of the beerhouses.
Yes, this person that I had described is a lawyer that I know from real life but I refuse to name him because one might follow his wrongful ways so it’s best to forget a person like him. However, just as there are defective lawyers in the world, there are also greedy politicians, neglectful doctors, indolent engineers and other workers who create multiple personalities by wearing masks of wrongs.
The reason of that is the lack of stability of faith which the Jews before and the Christians of now suffered like cancer. But like cancer, this disease has a cure and to which we must know Lord Jesus more and more each day. We must not stop in knowing and talking to Him everyday. We must always practice being good to all people that we are meeting each day. We should no longer split ourselves to part-righteous, part-devilish or part-apathetic anymore. We should just stay as a single individual who religiously follow the teachings made by Jesus.
May this Holy Week allow all of us to reflect on our lives and be thankful for the ultimate sacrifice the Lord has made for all of us.
Start knowing and talking to Him now. 🙂