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Palm Sunday

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Palm Sunday falls on April Fool’s Day

1st April 2012

A reflection on Mark 11.1-11; Mark 15.1-39 and 1 Corinthians 1.18-29

 

At first glance Jesus might seem to be a fool…  riding into Jerusalem on a donkey;  honestly, what kind of king rides a donkey?

Yet take a deeper look:  see the crowds lay their cloaks down like rolling out the red carpet;  see them wave branches like we wave flags;  hear them call out ‘Hosanna! God saves!’  And you might not know this but King Solomon, the son of King David, rode to his coronation on his father’s mule.

Perhaps Jesus is a king – but a different kind of king.

 

At first glance, Jesus might seem to be a fool… standing before Pontius Pilate and saying nothing in his own defence.

Yet as the story unfolds it seems somehow like it is Pilate who is on trial
and we hear Pilate call Jesus the ‘King of the Jews’ and declare Jesus to be innocent.

Perhaps, Pilate didn’t mean to speak the truth;
but perhaps Jesus is a king – a different kind of king.

 

At first glance, Jesus might seem to be a fool…  the soldiers certainly wanted to make him look like one:  they dressed him up as a king with a purple cloak and his own crown and they mocked him as the king of the Jews as they beat him and spat on him.

Perhaps, like Pilate, they knew not what they said:
perhaps Jesus is a king – but a different kind of king.

 

At first glance, even at second and third glance, you have to admit that Jesus does seem to be a fool:  nailed to a wooden cross, dying in agony and abandonment, with a sign above him that reads: ‘The King of the Jews’.  It is not much of a coronation; not much of a throne.

But perhaps, the Centurion, who did not turn away but stood, facing him, sees something that others did not:  truly this man was God’s Son.  Perhaps Jesus is a king – but a different kind of king and more…

 

At first glance, we might appear to be fools – calling Jesus our King, calling him the Son of God.

Perhaps those of us who took part in the Palm Sunday procession felt a little bit foolish walking through the park this morning, singing and waving branches.  And perhaps we are.  Perhaps the story of Christ crucified is foolishness…

And maybe it is as it says, that God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are.  Perhaps it is true, this foolishness, that God saves.  And for those of us who do believe we come to see that through all this God’s power, life and love is at work.

So let us be fools for Christ… and happy to be servants, friends and followers of him who is a different kind of King.