Hosannas that last
I have to admit something—I think I was a little stuck-up in my childhood Christianity. I remember reading stories of disobedience in the Bible and thinking, “I would never do that.” I’d watch theTen Commandments movie starring Charlton Heston with complete disgrace during the scene when the Israelites create the golden calf they then begin to worship. “Could they be any dumber?” I’d think.
Hearing the story of Palm Sunday each year was no exception. I couldn’t grasp how the people of Jerusalem could gather around praising Jesus as King one day, only to delight in his torturous murder later that week. Do you know what I mean? Do you find yourself shaking your head in disapproval at the people whose mouths shouted both “Hosanna!” and “Crucify!” in nearly the same breath?
As my faith matures and God deals out healthy doses of the humility I deserve, I now read about Palm Sunday and my heart pains me with truth. I am just as guilty of turning my back on my Savior. When I’m in church, I sing “Hosanna!” When I read my Bible, I revel in the majesty of the King of kings; but when I leave church or close my Bible, my “Hosanna!” doesn’t always continue.
Let’s confess our insincere praise and pray instead for a life of ceaseless hosannas. “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (Matthew 21:9).
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