John 12:12-15 ¶ The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt.
I often think about the strange and unusual crowd we have at Victory Fellowship. There are all sorts of diverse groups. Kind of reminds me of the song we sang in Sunday School so many years ago; “red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight Jesus loves the little children of the world”. There are the young, the old, the homeless, the affluent, the single moms, the nuclear families, the hipsters, hippies, and beat nicks. You might find a teacher, a cook, a police officer, a military man, students, lawyers and preachers, stay at home moms, and corporate moms. The one common denominator that makes us a community is the testimony of Jesus, Christ lives in each of us individually and reveals Himself in us corporately.
I have been thinking about the first Palm Sunday as our annual Palm Sunday celebration approaches and have been struck thinking about the diversity in the crowd that day. I began to imagine the strangest companions who may have met in the massive crowd. I think of Blind Bartimaeus who had just been healed several days before running into the lame man who had been healed at the pool of Bethesda. What a pair, the one who couldn’t see who couldn’t take his eyes off of Jesus, and the one who couldn’t walk who couldn’t stop dancing. Then there was Lazarus and the widow of Nain and her son. Lazarus and this young man shared an unusual bond, they had both been dead but now they were singing and shouting and following Jesus down the road. I wonder if Mary Magdalene, the former prostitute, was holding on to Jesus’ mother Mary. One who had followed Jesus from her youth and one who was redeemed from a dark life of sin. They both followed Jesus and both had a common testimony, His love had changed their lives forever.
I think the thing that probably stood out the most that day was the singing of the children, they were laughing and singing with all their hearts. They too were part of this Jesus Community and they too were precious in His sight.