I can hear you already. “He’s going sacrilegious on us.” But wait. Hear me out, then make your judgments.

I find it interesting that Palm Sunday (the introductory day to Passion Week) falls on April first this year. We (at least in my culture) have long made a practice of making our friends look like fools on this date. “Your shoe’s untied . . . ‘April fool’!” It has been a long-standing competition at many high school and college campuses to see who might come up with the best prank of all. I won’t go further into a historic diatribe about how April first became April Fool’s Day (to be totally honest, I don’t know, don’t really care, and don’t have the time to look it up right now–you can go ahead if you like), but instead I’d like to address the more important of the holidays that is approaching today.

Why is it appropriate that Palm Sunday and April Fool’s Day collide this year? Here’s an interesting thought: Jesus entered into Jerusalem on this last week of His earthly ministry to the accolades of the masses. “Hosanna!” they shouted, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” And all the while they were creating a carpet for Him to enter the city–spreading palm branches (hence the name of the observance) and even their outer cloaks on the ground to pay homage to Him. And only a few days later they were led by their religious leaders to play Him for a fool.

All this really happened because of the foolishness that He represented. Foolish to those who thought (think) themselves wise. The Scriptures put it succinctly: “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18) And so, on this April Fool’s Day, we notice that the foolishness of the Easter message is the power to save all from sin.

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