PRACTICING COURAGE IN THE WILDERNESS

Based on Living Compass “Practicing Courage with all your heart, soul, strength and mind”


“Hosanna, blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord”
Matt 21: 9

Today is Palm Sunday. We gather in worship, taking our place with the people who 2,000 years ago welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem by waving palm branches crying, “Hosanna.” But soon the mood of welcome and celebration at Jesus’ triumphal entry will quickly give way to something sinister. By the end of this week, cries of “Hosanna” turn into shouts of “crucify him”. Within days we are confronted by the horror of Jesus’ death upon the cross.

The disciples had been trying to keep Jesus out of Jerusalem. There was a warrant for his arrest and news of Lazarus coming back from the dead was only inflaming those who wanted to stop Jesus. The gospels say, that as the time drew near, Jesus set his face to go to Jerusalem. (Luke 9:51) He walked courageously to face his death in defense of the truth—the truth of the brokenness of the world, the truth of power that oppresses others, and the truth of God’s deep love for all creation.

Jesus knew to whom he belonged. He lived fully as God’s beloved son. He was life itself and brought that life to those he met. He raised the dead, cured the sick, gave sight to the blind, and fed the hungry. He brought hope to those who despaired, freedom to those who felt captive and good news to those who had never heard it. His actions proclaimed the nearness of God. His life threatened the way of death.

Do we have the courage to live the vulnerable and authentic life that marks the call for all Christians? To live courageously is to live as the one to whom we truly belong. Today is the day we enter Jerusalem with Jesus and watch the dramatic story of his last week unfold with passion and courage.