Holy Week | From 'Hosanna' to 'Crucify Him!'


Then a mighty roar rose from the crowd, and with one voice they shouted, “Kill him, and release Barabbas to us! - Luke 23:18

Whenever I read this story in the Bible I picture myself in the crowd ready to cast the stones at Jesus.

I am Pilate, I am every chief ruler, every Pharisee, every unbelieving Jew standing there in my perfectly sandled feet with my fists clenched, ready to throw the first punch.

Who is this man claiming to be the Savior of the world, and why should I need Him?

Who is this man claiming to rebuild the temple in three days?

Who is this man claiming to be the living water?

Who does He think He is?

I know I’d be just like the rest of them. Throwing my dust clad robes on the ground not even three days earlier, shouting “Hosanna [or praise God/save now]! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" (Matthew 21:8-9 ESV). Worshiping Him in the beginning and threatening to kill Him in the end. Not really trying to understand. He came to die for me. He came to pay a debt I myself could never ever repay.

Even as I approach my seventh year as a believer, sometimes I don’t think I’ll ever truly comprehend the love He had for me on the cross of Calvary (a name for the hill Jesus died on). Arms outstretched. Blood trickling down. The soldiers gambling for His garments. But He was thinking of me the entire time. He was thinking of all of us.

He knew I’d lose my patience and maybe even snap today. He knew you’d get impatient in that busy line of traffic. He knew you’d be tempted to scream. But He loved us anyway. Paid our penalty. Loved us with a towel, a glass of grape juice, and some bread (Luke 22:7-28).

Today, as we approach the Easter season, let’s be women who remember a Savior who chose to always remember us. Even when He could have commanded angels to save Him. He stayed put when it was tough. Let’s be women who love like Christ.

Hosanna in the highest. (Matthew 21:9 ESV)

Reflection

1. How can you put Christ in the center of your Easter season this year?

2. In what ways can you choose to be more like Jesus and less like the Pharisees?

Prayer

As I approach this Easter season, Lord, never let me forget what you did for me on Calvary.

Amen.

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