CHANGING OUR TUNE
There is a children’s story about the fickleness of human nature. It goes something like this
“Who will help me sow the seed ? “
“Who will help me reap the harvest?”
“Who will help me grind the flour, knead the dough , bake the loaf ?”
“Not me Not me , Not me “.
“Who will help me eat the bread ?
“ME ME ME.”.
The story illustrates the contrariness of the human situation. Friendship and loyalty so often depends on what’s in it for us.
So it was on that first Palm Sunday as Jesus entered Jerusalem to the shouts and cheers of the crowd – only this time the story is reversed —
“Who will welcome me as King ?”
“ME ME ME “.
“Who wants to share in the Kingdom of God ?”
“ME ME ME “.
But , just a few short days later when the crunch question comes :-
“Who will follow the way of the cross? “ .
The response from so many is very different – “NOT ME “, : or more accurately ….
“ We have no king but Caesar. Crucify Crucify Crucify. “ ( John 19;15 & Lk 23;21 )
Thank God Palm Sunday is about the One who, however often we may change our tune, stays faithful to us to the point of death.
Here is the challenge, as members of Christ’s church can we say :-
“ I WILL HELP YOU SOW THE SEED. “
Palm Sunday is the day that challenges us concerning our own loyalty, asking how ready we are to follow when faith is demanding and the going gets tough.