Palm Sunday. The streets were crowded when Jesus came into Jerusalem on a borrowed donkey, would have dinner later in the week in a borrowed room, and end up in a borrowed grave.
He lived the street life wandering the cities and country side and by His own admission said, “Foxes have holes, birds have nest, but I don’t have a bed to lie down on.” The Savior of the World was homeless.
He wasn’t the tall, clean, handsome man we show in paintings. Instead, the prophet wrote:
The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling,a scrubby plant in a parched field. There was nothing attractive about him,nothing to cause us to take a second look. (Isaiah 53:2 | MSG)
An average non-assuming man living homeless on this planet. He created this place so he owned it all. He showed His greatness by giving up all His Rights.
He sacrificed all he had and in the end became the Sacrifice so that we could be His Joint Heirs. He became the lowest of us so that even the lowest of us could become adopted into His Family. Not just the best of us. All of us.
What if we really believed this? That God’s Heart is to bring all of us into His Family. What if we really believed we are One, Bothers and Sisters because of this Man who had nothing and had to borrow during His Last Week? Would the full understanding of Grace open our hearts to the full Compassion of God’s Love within us? Would we finally become the answer to His Prayer: The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind—Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you,So they might be one heart and mind with us. Then the world might believe that you, in fact, sent me. (John 17:21 | MSG)?
Can we pause for a moment in the middle of the joys and sorrows of today and remember when The Man of Sorrows entered into Jerusalem with the shouts of celebration and ended the week in abandonment so that we will never be alone again? Rich and poor. Educated and uneducated. Influential or not. Talented or ungifted. All standing together in the Circle of God’s Compassion celebrating His Salvation.
Today is Palm Sunday.