Fickle Crowds

A PALM SUNDAY SKIT from COVINGTON COMMUNITY CHURCH

On a Sunday, Jesus sent two of his followers to go and fetch a young colt of a donkey so he could ride it into Jerusalem. Kings didn't ordinarily ride donkeys, so Jesus was making a statement. Despite his curious entrance, when he rode into the city, the crowds recognized him and shouted:

HOSANNA! HOSANNA! HOSANNA! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

The large crowd spread their coats on the road in front of Jesus wile others cut palm branches and lay them on the road in front of Jesus.

HOSANNA to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! HOSANNA in the highest!

Funny thing about crowds, though. They can turn very quickly. On Sunday, the crowds were shouting HOSANNA!

But by Friday, they were shouting:

CRUCIFY HIM! CRUCIFY HIM! CRUCIFY HIM!

What caused the people to turn on Jesus? How could they so quickly go from shouting HOSANNA to CRUCIFY HIM?

The answer is a simple one: when Jesus isn't what we want him to be, we will do anything to dispose of him. You see, Jesus wasn't the political Messiah Israel was hoping for. They wanted someone to rescue them from the grips of the Roman occupiers, but Jesus came to usher in a new kind of kingdom.

So what did the crowd do when Jesus didn't meet their ideological expectations?

CRUCIFY HIM!

On Sunday, they said he came in the name of the Lord -- sent by God! by Friday, they were chanting for his death.

So which is it? How about us? Hosanna? Or crucify him? Is he sent by God or not? What is our voice saying from among the crowd?