This Sunday is Palm Sunday. Maybe it seems hard to believe – as days for many are blurring one into another. But this is the day we remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. A day that had triumph associated with it – people celebrating and rejoicing.
But people were fickle. Their cries would change within a week. As peer pressure and frustration meant that the glimpse of glory was only fleeting for many. But Jesus was there for a purpose – he was not swayed. He moved towards the need, he put himself into the situations that he was fearful of (remember: “Lord, take this cup away”) knowing that ultimately what mattered was God’s plan (“Not my will but yours”).
We have choices – to be fickle or to be strong. We find ourselves caught up in one of the most dramatic and risky fights that we have known – with healthcare, not armies, as the front line.
We have choices – to do the right things and stand together, or to snipe and criticise, even to make ourselves exceptions and give ourselves excuses to justify bad behaviour.
(By the way bad behaviour can be online – think before you post anything. Is it kind? Is it necessary? Is it true?)
We need to stay strong and to stay the course. This next week or fortnight could well be very tough. There could well be difficult news to contend with. We may well find that this is no longer “happening to someone else” – but becomes more personal. Already we know people on the front line, people contracting the virus – and we know people sadly succumbing.
But stay the course. Don’t give up. Jesus knew the way was forward. He knew that there was a prize worth fighting for: a prize that would give hope beyond measure. He knew that love would, ultimately conquer.
Be blessed this Palm Sunday. Know Jesus; look to him; stay close and stay strong.