How Quickly Things Change
12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the king of Israel!”
When March Madness arrives, every team knows just how quickly things can change in the heat of competition. Top seeds can arrive on game day to leave the losers, just like underdogs can survive, advance, and depart the champions. Over the course of 40 minutes, legacies can crumble, legends can rise, and life for the players can change forever.
When Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, few who gathered to greet Him could have realized just how much would change over the course of the week. On this day, the people shouted “Hosanna!” as he passed through the city gates. They proclaimed the arrival of their king, the one who came in the name of the Lord. Their victor had finally arrived, the one who promised salvation.
In just a few short days however, their victor became the victim. Arrested, beaten, and falsely accused by the people – Jesus was led out of Jerusalem in a decidedly different fashion than how he entered. As the people witnessed his death on the cross, they thought the final story of Jesus Christ had at last been written. But how quickly things change! The story of Jesus Christ wasn’t finished on Good Friday, but it found its fulfillment on Easter Sunday.
While the people couldn’t have predicted what was to come on Good Friday, they surely couldn’t have imagined what would happen the following Sunday. Over the course of that week, legacies crumbled, a legend rose, and our lives were changed forever. How quickly things change!