Hosanna, today

Sunday March 29th, Mark 11: Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, "Hosanna!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" The people were ready for a real King, not just a foreign dictator.  The celebration was festive and the crowds were caught up in excitement and hope as Jesus entered the city through the East Gate.  At that same time, entering the city through the West Gate, was Pilate dressed in all his military might and followed by the legions of soldiers.  He represented that foreign power and was moving into the city to maintain control during the Passover.  The Passover after all celebrated a time when the Jewish population won its freedom from an earlier political empire, Egypt.  Pilate was the presence and essence of the military authority who was here to protect the integrity and the image of Caesar, who was known as “the son of god” in this faraway place.  The timing and method of entry Jesus chose was a direct confrontation to the political and religious and military power represented by Pilate and the temple authorities.  Hosanna to the prince of Peace, not the lord of war.  Hosanna to the Hope of the World, not the control of the world.  Hosanna to “The” “Son of God,” not the son of god wannabe.  Hosanna to your hopes and dreams, but not necessarily your safety and security.  Hosanna, today…….. 


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