After gleaning some valuable lessons on Palm Sunday in the previous parts of this Palm Sunday oriented series, today we come to the concluding part of the same.
Now why did Hosannas rent the air on that First Palm Sunday?
word hosanna comes from a Hebrew word meaning "save now" or "save us, we
pray." The first word of
Psalm 118:25 is howosiah-na, translated
us!" From what did the Jews seek deliverance? Obviously from the Roman
rule. Jews looked upon Jesus as their Freedom-fighter, the One who would
wield a sword and use His miraculous powers to liberate them from the
Roman tyranny, but their hopes were dashed as Jesus, without as much as
lifting even a little finger against the Romans, focused on His
spiritual mission of liberating people from the tyranny of much more
dangerous rule...SIN. More than ruling from a throne in Jerusalem, Jesus'
first coming was all about ruling in the hearts of men! No wonder, with
their expectations belied, when Jesus' enemies ( jealous and insecure, the
religious hierarchy of that time) sought public support for His
crucifixion before Pontius Pilate, the very same people who yelled
Hosanna now shouted "crucify Him" (Matt. 27:11-23). Talk of U-turns for
Pray, tell me, dear reader, why are you following
Christ? For earthly gains? Or for eternal benefits? Yes, He will provide
for our needs as per His promise in
Matt. 6:33, however our primary focus
ought to be on "that which is above" (Col. 3:1-2/Phil. 3:20-21).
Now what propelled Jesus to
"cleanse the temple of its crass commerce?" Righteous indignation, which
is, incidently, not to be mistaken for crude and rude anger! What then, is the
difference between "anger" and "Righteous indignation"? One has to look
at its source or origin to discern the truth. While
anger is an emotional outburst against injustice meted out to self,
righteous indignation is an outrage expressed at those
wilfully dishonouring God's Holy Name.
Jesus wouldn't be
provoked to anger when insults were hurled at Him personally in the
Cross, but covenanted ones who didn't care a hoot for God's Holy Name bore the
brunt of His Holy fury. Do not we see Righteous indignation in three
prominent places in the Bible as well? Phinehas (Numbers 25:1-8), Peter (Acts 5:1-11) and Paul (1 Cor. 6:5) for you,
ladies and gentlemen!
As God's covenanted people, while we may not have the full rights to
express righteous indignation on "outsiders" on matters of "Holy
Living", certainly it is our bounden duty to show righteous indignation
to our "brethren" who, with their immoral lifestyles, would be tarnishing
the fair reputation of our Redeemer (1 Cor. 5).
Jesus act of "cleansing" the temple also in a
way portends His second coming,
when He will come, not riding humbly on a donkey, but gloriously on a
Rev 19:11-21) to wage war and cleanse much of the filth of the
World created by two of Satans' agents namely the Anti-Christ and the
Dear Reader on a Palm Sunday -- or any occasion when
you read this article -- it would serve you well to pray thus...Come Lord
Jesus...firstly into my life, cleanse me of all the moral filth and then
rule, unopposed, seated in the throne of my heart...
An unworthy servant
J and SM Ministries
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