Today, I would like to focus, not on the crowd that turned on Jesus; the crowd that railed for crucifixion; the crowd, spurred on by jealous religious leaders, to frenzy for blood, but on the crowd who greeted Jesus.

Palm Sunday, the day recognized as the opening of Holy Week, is the one time when we see Jesus being treated as Jesus should be treated by the population at large. Yes, there are detractors, schemers among the number—even one skulking in the shadows of Jesus’ closest disciples—but the people at large honor him.

Today, let us join with the voices of those who call out in worship and praise of the Son of God. Let our voices mingle with those on that first Palm Sunday, lining the route of the Triumphal Entry. During this week, however, let us not lose sight of the One we shower with praise allowing our worship to turn into cursing. Instead, with the benefit of hindsight, let us continue, in the midst of doubt and second-guessing, to lift our voices in constant “Hosanna!” to the King of kings who comes in the name of the Lord.

Then the crowds who went ahead of Him and those who followed kept shouting: Hosanna to the Son of David! He who comes in the name of the Lord is the blessed One! Hosanna in the highest heaven! (Matthew 21:9)