They began saluting him, "Hail, King of the Jews!"
They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him...
Mark 15: 18-19
The stage was set, the atmosphere was nothing short of a world-class sporting event, and the entrance was going to change everything! This was what everyone was waiting for.
It's not that there hasn't been enough already.
Water had been turned to wine. The lame were now walking streets. The blind were now yelling, "Look!"
What was expected to be the arrival of the most incredible change since returning from Egypt turned out to be.... a man on a pony.
How could this be? This was not the entrance, if I were present, of what a king, Messiah, or the next block president would look like!
While the stories could not be disputed. There had been incredible events leading up to this moment. Even the dead could not remain in darkness. Into the light Christ rides in, and the people go wild!
This was nothing short of a legend among the Hebrew people that seemed to be coming into full life.
Let me take this to a different thought.
A baby was born, and the heavens celebrated with a star shining bright. Strangers travelled great distances and brought gifts. While a ruler declared that every male child would be put to death, the young fanily is brought through the wilderness and survives. And yet, while still a child, the wisdom of this child brings new life to a seemingly aging and traditiinal faith.
He follows a man, though family, was considered to be strange. He asks to be washed and upon leaving the baptismal waters, a declaration by the heavens declare just how amazing this man is.
The twleve he would call would rhen be followed by thousands who hunger and thirst. Stepping out to cross a ragung sea, he calls out to others to step out and to be bold in their faith.
While people shout as the not-so-common man enters on this day, it is the stark reality of the simple presence of an amazing God, walks into our lives each day.
Without shouts of praise. Without fanfare and palms. Each day God enters and hopes we will welcome.
While on a colt that day, today God makes God's appearance through you and me. We are not just vessels, we are the simple entrance of God in a world who is still seeking.
It does not require much. Only our love for one another being expressed and received.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
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Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.