Where was I as You entered the city?
Was I walking near You
while the people shouted Your name?
Was I leading the donkey
or walking beside You,
because those who had gathered
finally knew who You really were?
This was what we’d been waiting for!
“Hail King Jesus, Son of David!”
Or was I in the crowd
among those who were cheering,
Swept up in the excitement,
the emotion of the day?
“I think He’s the one…” we whispered,
laying our cloaks down before You,
recalling the rumors, the stories, the hope…
Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord!”
We waved our branches and sang Your praise,
went on our way.
Or perhaps I was standing apart from the crowd,
wearing my robe of importance,
hiding my envy beneath a veil of self righteousness
Unwilling to bow and quick to accuse.
“Teacher, rebuke them!”
I said condescendingly,
threatened by how Your humble sovereignty
revealed my arrogant soul.
You looked at me and laughed,
knowing nothing could silence Creation’s praise
in the Presence of the Creator!
Lord, if I’m honest, I see myself in each of them:
The sincere, yet self-seeking, destined to flee disciple
The self-serving, easily swayed crowd
The self-righteous, “better than thou” Pharisee…
Oh, forgive me, Jesus!
Rid me of all these “selves”
which might hinder me
from recognizing, revering, and remaining with You.
Make me willing to lay down my life
and take up my cross
to follow You.
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.'” -Matthew 16:24 (NIV)