From “Hosanna!” to “Crucify him!”

Palm Sunday

Today was Palm Sunday, and as I read the text from the Gospels I was struck by a thought.  The same people who were shouting, “Hosanna!” on Sunday were shouting, “Crucify him!” five days later.  How fickle can a person be right?  But the thought that came to me next was even more frightening than the first.

The parade for Jesus was shortly after He had prayed for Lazarus.  Everyone now heard of the man from Galilee Who healed the sick and now recently raised the dead.  How easily these same peoples’ opinion were changed when a different opinion of Christ had been circulated!

My Pastor taught an excellent sermon recently.  He said that it matters not at all who other people say that Jesus is, instead it matters most who you say that Jesus is.  The Pharisees and priests decided that Jesus was a heretic, and at that point everyone else had to decide who Jesus was.

13When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

 14And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

 15He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

 16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

 17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

 18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

As you can see what was important to Jesus was who His disciples thought that He was.

There is danger and trap for many of us, for we shout, “Hosanna!”  when things are going well.  We see Jesus as the King of kings and the Savior of all our circumstances.  But then, when circumstances change, we start to doubt who He is in our lives.  We turn our back on Him, ashamed of the cross, and the man on it.  Maybe difficult times have come, or disappointments in life; or perhaps a “new” doctrine is going around changing the very definition of who Jesus is.  We must not change how we identify with Christ based on circumstances or trendy “doctrine” or we are no better than the fickle Palm Sunday parade crowd.

As long as Jesus was healer and provider it was “Hosanna!”, but as soon as He asked to become “Lord” it was “Crucify Him!”

As long as it was about what He could do for them to make their life better, it was “Hosanna!”, but as soon as it became about what they could do for Him, it was either silence or “Crucify Him!”

The silence continues as people discredit our Lord and we stand by, not saying a word.  And our silence allows the One who paid the ultimate price for us to have His character and reputation questioned and “crucified” making Him nothing more than a Sugar Daddy and when the sugar is gone, we are not willing to identify with Him any longer.

Who do you say that He is?

Celebrating Who He is with dear Ann today:

218. The best Bible Study so far! Changed Lives.

219. My wonderful group of students.

220. An unexpected day out with a friend.

221. Homemade Chicago Hot Dogs…except I forgot the relish…:(

222. My oldest son home from college.

223. An amazingly beautiful bride.

224. Lacey Day continues….

225. Scholarship to Write To Publish!!

226. e-mail from Cecil Murphey!

227. Request for interview for my dream job!!

228. Heart-to-heart with college son.

229. Bringing a guest family to church!

230. Guest goes forward to give her life to Christ!!!!!!!Yay!

231. Finished Hunger Games trilogy so I can return to normal life.

…sharing a playdate with Laura:

…hanging out with L.L.: On In Around button

and a new face, Rebecca…Moms Against Manic Mondays

33 thoughts on “From “Hosanna!” to “Crucify him!”

  1. C S Lewis writes that Lord Jesus, “has met, fought, and beaten the King of Death. Everything is different because He has done so. This is the beginning of the New Creation, a new chapter in cosmic history has opened.” We owe everything to Him. He is Emmanuel, “God with us”. He is the Bright and Morning Star, Honey in the Rock, and the Staff of Life. He is the Pearl of Great Price, and the Final Sacrifice who once and for all time abolished death for the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve. He is indeed Lord and Saviour!!

  2. Well done, Kimmy. I have often thought the same thing about the “fickle crowds” of lukewarm followers. Ideally, who He says He is would be who I say he is. He has to be Lord first, then Savior. It can’t be the other way around, or, like the fickle crowd, we might eagerly accept His benefits without first proclaiming full commitment. Thanks for your observations and defense of these principles.

  3. Good reflection. I was thinking today that on palm sunday all the people had no idea what the following week held. If they were to predict, most would have been wrong. We are so like that too with our predictions, dreams and wants. I really like how your pastors phrased it. good thoughts

  4. And to think that He knew as he entered the city, even as they sang their Hosannas, they would change their tune. He knew that He would still die for them–for us–out of His great love. Amazing.

  5. As long as it was about what He could do for them to make their life better, it was “Hosanna!”, but as soon as it became about what they could do for Him, it was either silence or “Crucify Him!”

    Love that!

    May “we” never become the “they” 😉

  6. It is so easy to look for what Christ can give us rather than counting the cost to follow Him. I wish it wasn’t so hard for us “fickle” humans to know which one was better and do it. Thanks, Kimberly, for this reminder and beautifully written post. Also, congrats on all the great things that are happening in your life!

  7. Who do I say Jesus is? There are times that I can make that into a very complicated answer, but the reality is he my Lord and Savior, the Son of God, the Prince of peace. Without him, I am nothing.

    Great question to have us ask ourselves.

    My life was disrupted for a few days reading The Hunger Games too. I only finished book 1 though; still waiting on a copy of the second one, but the wait is a good thing so I can resume normal responsibilities in the meantime. ha.

  8. From “Hosanna!” to “Crucify him”. Doesn’t that sum up our fallen nature? It grieves me to even think of turning my back on the cross. Everything that’s true passes through the cross. Everything else is false. Praising Him in all things. Thank you for reminding me. Beautiful post.


  9. Such a hard lesson, Kim. I say He Is. And yet there are days when I say, “unless I see the holes in his hands and the wound in his side, I will not believe”. I want to learn this Palm Sunday lesson by heart. He IS. HE IS!

  10. I’ve often wondered what he thought as he rode into town on the donkey, knowing what was ahead. Perhaps the same as he said while hanging on the cross, “Father, forgive them…” So much grace it is overwhelming. He is my Savior and Redeemer. Beautiful truth here today!

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