Matthew 21:1-11 is the Gospel passage that will be heard in many churches this Palm Sunday.
Today, I want us to look at the last two verses: 10When Jesus came to Jerusalem, everyone in the city was excited and asked, “Who can this be?”
11The crowd answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
I remember as a child living in Springfield, Ohio watching a motorcade drive down our street. In the convertible was Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy. As much as I understood what was going on, it was exciting to be within a few feet of someone that may possibly be the President of the United States.
I remember the spot where I was standing along with my bicycle that afternoon. I was the only human being in that particular spot and as the motorcade drove by I waved at Mr. Kennedy and he waved back and gave me a big smile.
Mr. Kennedy didn’t know that on the back of my bicycle was a homemade sign, encouraged by my grandparents, that said “Vote for Nixon.” I think that had he seen the sign he probably would have still smiled as it was kind of funny.
There were strong opinions about Mr. Kennedy being a Catholic and I remember hearing, “God help this nation if he becomes President”; And, “I ain’t votin’ for no Catholic.” In a more recent election I also heard – No way will I vote for a Mormon.”
We all have our opinions many of which are baseless. I often wonder about the people who lined the street as Jesus came into the city tht day. There was cheering and much excitement. How many of those people who welcomed Jesus were also at the gathering a few days later and asked for Barabas to be freed instead of Jesus.