Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Sunday Word

Tomorrow we celebrate Palm Sunday where the Celebrity Christ is given the celebrity treatment as he enters the city of Jerusalem. All the expected elements are in place:  We have a royal entrance, in a procession associated with powerful kings and conquering generals. He is escorted by the citizens of Jerusalem and “the whole multitude of the disciples.”  Th
ey all wave palm branches, praise him for his deeds of power, and sing hymns of acclamation, crying out, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven.”  He rides on a colt, on the foal of a donkey, just as King Solomon did before his coronation — although Jesus’ choice of a donkey could also mean that he is a bringer of peace. If Jesus wanted a fight, he would have charged in on a solid stallion, a war horse.

So Jesus is a superstar, complete with glitter, glamour and gossip. He’s got the glitter of a royal entrance, the glamour of waving palm branches and even the gossip associated with his disciples and the borrowed colt. There is a lot of buzz about this super celebrity as he enters the Holy City Jerusalem to pick up his prize.

But there’s a twist: His prize is a cross — and he knew it.