Palm leaves, purples and blues of royalty color our imaginations today. Palm Sunday’s ironic parade begins our celebration of Passion week. Today for the Sunday feast we put a purple table cloth on the table and bought some purple and blue foods to eat, as well as dates (in honor of the palms) as a visible, touchable, tastable reminder of what happened today as Jesus is traveling down the road to the cross.
In the evening before bed, when it’s time to for our candles, only two will be lit to start.
John 12: 35, 36 The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.
The streets of Jerusalem were a frenzy of noise as Jesus entered. It was thrilling to be a part of such a momentous parade. Jesus could be our king! Their faces shone brightly at this beautiful Light walking down the road—hopeful, expectant. It felt like something amazing was just about to burst on them, and it was…
…but not as they expected.
Oh, there would be a kingdom alright, as Jesus said. But they misunderstood Jesus’ words, as we often do, writing out our own royal story for Him instead. We walk the road with Him cheering on our “Happily Ever After” ending, not recognizing that God is actually the author and story teller. Jesus knew that this road would lead to a different kind of crown and the ultimate of all darkness —
(where a king would never intentionally go)
And He headed straight for it
so that His Light could be the bright ending to our human story.
Luke 19:41 (NIV) As He aproached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it… “if you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring peace — but now it is hidden from your eyes…because you DID NOT RECOGNIZE the time of God’s coming to you.”
Snuff out the 6th candle. There is only one left and a long week ahead of us as we follow Christ through Jerusalem.
Last year Palm Sunday looked like this for our family. This is an important week, the climax of the year’s calendar. And we can’t wait until next Sunday!
The Bright Light of the World!
THE DARKENING WEEK