photo: Daniel Pullen

Making an Entrance by JW Kaiser
It’s been a cold winter on the east coast, but thankfully there have been plenty of waves. I have to admit I don’t enjoy cold weather surfing but I do like good waves. I also enjoy the looks I get from the non-surfers as I run past them, board in hand, obviously heading to the water and obviously trying to look heroic in my full winter surf rubber. The looks they give translates to something like, “Look at this guy. Is he crazy? Doesn’t he know the water is 40 degrees?”  Well, yes, I am a little crazy and yes I know the water is cold, but look at that barreling left!
Picture the scene as Jesus headed into Jerusalem on a mission just a handful of days before his triumphant death and resurrection. The looks and cheers from the crowd and his followers went something like this: “He must be crazy to say the things he has been saying and then to show up here.”  Or, “Doesn’t he know they’re plotting to kill him?” Or even, “Hosanna! Here comes the triumphant savior!” So much uncertainty for those around Jesus. So much was about to change.
As we enter into “Holy Week”, let’s pause for some reflection. Ask yourself: Has the Lord of all arrived into my life to shake things up and surprise me? I’d guess yes. Is Jesus crazy? Doesn’t he know I like my life with all things status quo? No, Jesus isn’t crazy, he is on a mission; and yes he knows exactly what he is doing. Disturbing your status quo is what he is aiming to do.
“The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Hosanna in the highest heaven!’ When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, ‘Who is this?’ ”
Matthew 21:9-10