24, 2002 - Palm Sunday
When they neared Jerusalem, having
arrived at Bethphage on Mount Olives, Jesus sent two disciples
with these instructions: "Go over to the village across
from you. You'll find a donkey tethered there, her colt with
her. Untie her and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you're
doing, say, 'The Master needs them!' He will send them with you."
This is the full story of what was sketched earlier by the prophet:
"Tell Zion's daughter,
'Look, your king's on his way,
and ready, mounted
On a donkey, on a colt,
of a pack animal.'"
The disciples went and did exactly what Jesus told them to do.
They led the donkey and colt out, laid some of their clothes
on them, and Jesus mounted. Nearly all the people in the crowd
threw their garments down on the road, giving him a royal welcome.
Others cut branches from the trees and threw them down as a welcome
mat. Crowds went ahead and crowds followed, all of them calling
out, "Hosanna to David's son!" "Blessed is he
who comes in God's name!" "Hosanna in highest heaven!"
As he made his entrance into Jerusalem, the whole city was shaken.
Unnerved, People were asking, "What's going on here? Who
The parade crowd answered, "This is the prophet Jesus, the
one from Nazareth in Galilee."
<The Message >
Hmm, people were asking about the hubbub. What questions are
the people asking about the church these days? Is it not more
a question of not asking anything until someone asks about the
church and the response is, "Church? Oh, I'd forgotten.
Is there anything real happening there anymore?"
The ethos of the day is primarily to divorce the church from
being different from the culture. In the United Methodist Church
the Institute on Religion and Democracy/Renew, Good News, and
Confessing Movement web is trying to silence the hubbub of confrontation
between Jesus and the religious and political institutions. They
would not welcome him, but ask that he silence his followers
for the good of the nation. These kinds of fundamentalistic,
literalistic, and creedal-enforcing organizations are in several
How comfortable are you with hubbub that is not controllable
by established institutions? Can you join in by doing your part
- getting the donkey or offering your resources or adding your
voice? This is the announcement of revolution, the outcome of
which cannot be predicted (as the next week will show). Are you
a revolutionary in at least one part of the church? If not, can
you be in this Palm Sunday hubbub?
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