What Were They Thinking?

March 15, 2016

In Luke’s narrative associated with Palm Sunday (Luke 19: 28 - 40), palm branches do not line the way for Jesus. Cloaks are cast down instead. Laying down cloaks may have been a traditional homage paid to kings (2 Kings 9:13). Also, Luke records no “hosannas” from the crowd.

            A multitude of disciples shout triumphantly because of the deeds of power they have witnessed. Jesus has told them, however, that the ultimate revelation of his identity will be through betrayal, death, and resurrection (9:22). This shift begins with Jesus entering Jerusalem riding on the back of a colt, recalling the messianic promise: “Your king comes to you...humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9). Kings in Jesus’ day served by ruling, but Jesus is one who rules by serving, even to the point of suffering and death. During the Last Supper, Jesus reminds the disciples that “the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves” (Luke 22:26). 

          Deeds of power have a certain lure to seemingly every generation. We may sing "stream of mercy never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise" but I wonder...

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