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Was the original Palm Sunday a practical joke?

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
March 30, 2012

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April Fools

This year Palm Sunday's April 1st.
Ironic, don't you think?
A day for jokes and playing tricks on friends.
That day in Old Jerusalem
was hardly slight-of-hand.
It was the real McCoy, not just pretend.

Or was it? (We might rightly ask.)
That cheering crowd became
a jeering crowd blood-thirsty (downright cruel).
"Hosannas" voiced on Sunday
morphed to Friday's "Crucify!
We have no king but Caesar. Kill the fool!"

The April Fool was led away
and bludgeoned on a cross.
Despised, He was rejected as a fraud.
Once lauded with palm branches
and regaled as David's Son,
now the object of a joke (though He was God).

And we (like them) can also seem
in step with what He claims,
so quick to raise our palms in public praise,
but then to be persuaded by
the feelings of our friends
and once we're not at church we change our ways.

Are we Palm Sunday's April fools
pretending He is Lord?
Just going through the motions one more time?
Or are we fools for Jesus
unconcerned what others think
as we count the cost and daily toe the line?

 

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Phil Miglioratti from United States writes:
March 30, 2012
Awesome, Rev!

Gotta use this in my sermon!

Al Munger from Palm Desert, CA writes:
March 31, 2012
Another great verse with a challenge. Thanks for the Facebook photo. You are one of a kinds. Al

McAmis from Wenatchee writes:
April 2, 2012
Jesus's repeated unsuccessful rebellions against Roman rule may have cost him his life! He was charged as a rival to Caesar's rule in Palestine, claiming to be king of the jews; supposedly, denied this during his trial. Story of Jesus entering Temple area, supposedly to overturn the tables of hypocritical money merchants, was treated as an actual assault of Roman-police temple precincts; under Roman rule of law, a crime. Criminals traditonally were hung on a cross. Under rule of law today, attempts at overthrowing the government and or impersonating another is still treated as a crime & punishable as so.


Wilson Albert from Holden,La writes:
April 21, 2012
Truer words have not been spoken..just hurts when it hits so hard...thanks

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