Zec 9:9, Psalm 118:25, Luke 19:28-40
There was a silly little song that we sang a couple of times during Bible school called Little Red Caboose. We start with the little red caboose out in California and we sing softly in a whisper; “Little Red caboose chug chug chug, little red caboose behind the train, smoke stack on his back, back back back comin down the track track track, little red caboose behind the train. As the train travels across the country we get louder until in mass hysteria the caboose roars right through the sanctuary of the church, we scream the words as we sing, I through confetti or paper in the air while running back and forth, then finally I would collapse to the ground exhausted. There were many adults who couldn’t wait to see me sing that song, and some elders who thought we might damage the foundation of the church with it.
Could we be as excited about Jesus as we were about the little red caboose?
There are some commentators who say that the palm branches and singing were a common things before Jesus decided to hijack them for His own use. But there is nothing to support this, and if it was an annual thing at Passover then why do the Pharisees want Jesus to silence the crowd? After the resurrection this welcoming of Jesus became an annual thing.
How excited are we about Jesus? Should we be excited about Jesus?
Zechariah’s prediction of Jesus’ coming were spoken in 520BC. The Jews had looking for the Messiah to come for more than 800 years before the day Jesus rode into the town that day. The messiah was to restore Israel to her glory, right all the wrongs and bring justice to the land. This is who they thought they were celebrating that day.
We celebrate because someone loved us enough to give up everything for us, Jesus loves us so much that, He left everything in heaven, all the glory and praise to come to earth and die for us? “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends.” The cross is not duty or requirement it is an act of love.
Way back in 1981, I felt God calling me to the ministry, Kathy did not hesitate but supported me and tried to figure out how we could do it. She gave up what ever idea of family she had for us. Late at night she would correct and type papers for me. She gave up financial security and we lived on little or nothing. When we went to our first church she left her family behind to go to the middle of nowhere in Indiana. She gave up her friends to live a life where you never have the same kind of friendships again. Kathy truly laid down her life for Jesus and for ministry. That is the same kind of love Jesus has for you. In a world where couples are like two unconnected ships headed in the same direction, the idea of sacrificing everything you have and are for the person you love is lost.
Jesus’ love for us should compel us to celebrate, scream and shout.
Not only has Jesus given us this love, Jesus has given us a new and everlasting life. The Bible says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
God has provided for our needs, healed our wounds and restored our souls, He has walked with us through failure and success. How can we be quite about the glory of our God?
Would you sing with me “Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” Jesus is way out in Jerusalem.