Scripture is full of this theme. God creates everything, and finds it very Good, only for Adam and Ev...e to ruin it in the fall. When the Israelites crossed the Red sea in Exodus the first thing they did was praise God. But in the very same chapter they already show their lack of faith and start complaining about what they are to drink. Peter allowed the Holy Spirit to speak through him and say that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and yet straight afterwards Peter tells him that he must not suffer the Cross, to which our Lord responds “get behind me Satan.”
On Palm Sunday this contradiction is shown in its fullest light. We acclaim God’s coming, and then we crucify him; we kill him in the cruellest way we can. How often in our own lives do we welcome our Saviour into our hearts with shouts of joy, only to sin with our next breath? Crucify him! Crucify him! Why are we so fickle?
Perhaps it is because accepting the Word of God on the surface is easy, but letting it live within us and change us is hard. When we let him in we come face to face with the cross, and accepting hardship does not come naturally to anyone.
But here is the twist. The Cross of Christ is not natural. It is easy to see what the devil sees: that we welcome our King and within a week betray him to death. But that Cross carries the Saviour of the world and to all who receive him he gives the power to become Children of God. That Cross points beyond itself. Three days beyond itself, and into eternity.
At the beginning of Holy Week, knowing all that must happen first, Easter can seem a long way off. But it is coming, and in its light all our darknesses flee. So persevere in hardship, and stay by Jesus to the end.
Hail to our King, Hosanna to the Son of David.