I noticed something a couple of years ago. On Palm Sunday when Jesus came as both a king and as a humble servant fulfilling Zechariah 9:9
5 “Say to Daughter Zion,
‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”[a]
When he came a large crowd came out to greet and honor him calling out.
“Hosanna[b] to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[c]
“Hosanna[d] in the highest heaven!”
Hosanna is a cry of praise and adulation. These throngs of people were there to great their teacher and king. That week they would listen to his preaching. And at the end of the week with prodding from the pharisees and sadducees they would yell out “crucify him.”
This shows how fickle human beings can be. The very man hey heralded, they wished dead. Why? It could just be a case of mob mentality. In Mark 11, Mark writes about how the chief priest went through the crowd riling up the crowd to urge Pilate to release Barabbas.
I think the call for Barabbas’s release is quite telling of the motives of the crowd. The Jewish people were under the heel of an oppressive Roman government and they longed for a messiah to retake King David’s throne. A militant and spiritual leader that would throw off the Roman yolk.
That sort of messiah wouldn’t have let himself be captured. That messiah would bring down an army from Heaven. As King Herad Antipas might say “I prefer my Messiahs to not be captured”.
They did not what a messiah that would be ” pierced for their transgressions and crushed for their iniquities” Isaiah 53:5.
Barabbas on the other hand, now that was a man’s man. He was arrested in a rebellion trying to overthrow the Roman government. He was the type of messiah that they wanted. A man of arms. A man who wouldn’t turn the other cheek. A man who wouldn’t allow himself to go down without a fight.
Maybe some actually thought that Jesus was a danger to the nation of Judah. A man claiming to be king could bring down the wrath of Rome and that it was better that one man die for the safety of the nation.
I look at today and how easy it is to forsake Jesus. Many people forsake Jesus while not forsaking Christianity. They don’t want a Savior and King who wants us to speak up for the oppressed. They don’t want one who demands a radical change of heart. They don’t wasn’t a transformation of love and truth.
They like those who called for Barabbas’s release support a savior that saves the individual from an eternity in Hell. They support a Savior that will come back riding a white horse wiping all evil out with His sword of truth. He will come back that way but many will not like what they see.
They don’t support the real Jesus because if they did, they would humble themselves and repent and let the Holy Spirit transform them. They would produce fruit of righteousness that would lead others to Christ.
This past year, many American “evangelical” Christians made a choice. They could have stood up for His values. They had a choice in supporting Christ or supporting a haughty man who has served money all of his life, a man who slanders like it is going out of style, and a man who bragged about chasing after married women and sexual assault and then apologized about using crass language.
They didn’t need to vote for Clinton, they could have voted third party or stayed home. But instead of staying true to Jesus they yelled “GIVE US TRUMP”.
Hillary is no longer a threat. People no longer have her as an excuse. Turn your back on your false messiah. Stop yelling “GIVE US TRUMP” and start yelling out “Jesus we have sinned against you, forgive us.”