Palm Sunday is now on the near side of the horizon and the day gives a different meaning to the term, “double entendre.” On one hand, Palm Sunday celebrates what is often referred to as our Lord’s ‘Triumphant Entry” into Jerusalem. Palm branches, suggesting a triumphant hero, feature in the scene. The refrain, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord,” echoes across the eons. On the other hand, Palm Sunday is the prelude to what we call “The Passion” of our Lord. Following the Triumphal Entry, in startlingly abrupt order, Jesus was taken into custody, arraigned, first, before Pilate, then Herod. Thereafter, he was given over to the Roman authorities for execution. Then, the refrain was, “Away with him; “Crucify him!” What a reversal! Is it possible some of those who shouted, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,” were, a few days later, to call, “Crucify him”? It is stunning to think how closely triumph was connected with tragedy. How do we discriminate between tragedy and triumph in life?
Rev Jim Sinclair
Pastor Jim is the minister for First United Baptist Church