John 12:13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “HOSANNA! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!”
Oh…I SEE THE CROWD…IT IS HUGE and growing by the hour! I see…children, young men and women, and the older ones are joining in too. Oh…I see the blind men whose sight were restored…and the lepers who are no longer outcasts.. Oh…I see the one’s who had tested death but Jesus raised them back to life. I see the Samaritan woman and the woman with the issue of blood, the smile on their faces tell their story more than a thousand words. And how can I miss out on the Centurion whose daughter was restored to health and Jesus was so deeply impressed by his faith . I see sane men who were once demon possessed. The shouts and jubilation gets louder. Oh…JERUSALEM has never seen anything like this before. Right there in front of their eyes...HISTORY is in the making.
But…I SEE A DIFFERENT CROWD…Some look dismayed…while others visibly agitated. Why…IT IS THE PHARISEES. If anything…they are the MORAL CONSCIOUS among the people. The honor that Jesus is receiving is due them. And they are getting VOCAL:
So the Pharisees said to one another, “SEE, this is getting us no-where. LOOK HOW THE WHOLE WORLD HAS GONE AFTER HIM!” John 12:19
And I am glad for that statement..because come Sunday….the crowds all over the WORLD will come together and shout: HOSANNA! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is the King of Israel! Yes…I see myself in the crowd,…Oh, I see saints of God who were once sinners shouting at the top of their voices. Oh…I see families which were once broken but now restored shouting; I see the marriage which was headed for divorce but now restored shouting even louder….OH EVERY ONE OF US is shouting HOSANNA for personal reason…yet we are shouting HOSANNA because HE DIED and through His death and resurrection our HOSANNA become OUR LIVING TESTIMONY.
Please join the crowd…