Apr 4, 2007

Vail Vision April 4, 2007

They crowds spread their cloaks on the road while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. They shouted,
"Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!..
"Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!..
"Hosanna in the highest!..

--Mark 11:8-10

In about 1990 the president came to our neighborhood. Well, the ex-president came. Ronald Reagan's mother-in-law had passed away and the funeral was to be at St. Thomas Catholic Church. This church was in our neighborhood. So on that morning, Jennifer and I put Kyrie in a stroller and walked to the church to see if we could get a glimpse of the guy.

I don't remember how long we waited or if it was before or after the service, but I do remember Reagan. He drove by in a CIA-looking sedan. As he passed by, he turned to the crowd, smiled, and waved. (Actually, he was waving at me, but I was too humble to tell the crowd) I don't know who was more thrilled. Reagan “ that people still wanted to get a glimpse of him, or the crowd - who had the ex-Commander-in-Chief turn give us about one second of his time.

Even though this was years ago, I still vividly remember standing there on the sidewalk across from the church.

The Jerusalem crowds were no different. They had heard about this Jesus of Nazareth and wanted to get a glimpse of Him, too. It wasn't long after this triumphal entry that they would have seen and heard about His trial and execution. And not long after that, they would have seen and heard about His resurrection. Of course as He entered, they might not have realized the significance. But by the end of the week, these events would be seared into their memories.

As they told and retold the story, this is where they would begin- the triumphal entry. They would probably say, "Jesus rode into Jerusalem. I was there to see Him enter. He turned and smiled and waved to me...

Palm Sunday is a happy day. There are excited people and shouts of Hosanna. But the real excitement comes later when this humble Man riding on the donkey vanquishes death forever!


David Hook

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