The highs and the lows

Today is Palm Sunday!

“Hosanna in the highest!” they shouted.

And the week continues with so many highs and lows. There are many private and public moments and so much heartache, pain, and disappointment.

This Holy Week, I encourage you to imagine you are in each scenario. What does today’s celebration feel like? Where are you in the crowd? What do you see and hear? What’s the weather like? What kind of scents do you smell? Are you getting jostled by the crowd? Has someone stepped on your sandaled toe or pushed up against you to get a closer look?

Step into this week as if you are a part of it. There is a lot happening. Be a part of it.

And the crowds replied, “It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. “Who is this?” they asked. Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David!

Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaven!”

Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it. The two disciples did as Jesus commanded.

“Tell the people of Jerusalem,‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey—riding on a donkey’s colt.’”

This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said, If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will immediately let you take them.”

“Go into the village over there,” he said. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them to me. As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. Matthew 21 NLT