In my elementary days I was an inexperienced swimmer (I still am). My only forays into swimming were flapping my arms in a river with a life preserver on and playing basketball in the shallow end of my uncle’s pool. I had fun but didn’t know how to swim. So, when the basketball careened off the rim of my uncle’s basketball rim and went near the drop off to the deep end of the pool, I lunged after the ball and slid down the drop off into the deep end of the pool. I flailed my arms and came up every few seconds shouting for help. I was scared. I thought I was going to drown. My cousin jumped in and swam me to the side of the pool. I was rescued. I was saved.
We all need saved. This is not a new phenomenon. When the people cried out to Jesus, “Hosanna” (Matthew 21:9) they were shouting “Save us.” The Israelites wanted salvation from Roman oppression. We have earthly needs to be saved from. I needed saved from drowning. I think we all want to be saved from Covid-19. But when we expect Jesus to save us from all worldly issues, we are more like the Israelites than we should to be. It leads to a shallow faith and a quick turn from praising Jesus on Palm Sunday to asking him to be crucified on Good Friday. Hear me: It is good to ask for these things but Jesus doesn’t promise us he will save us from all trials and tribulations. He does promise to rescue us from sin. When we ask, he will (guaranteed) save us from an eternity away from God.
Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:1-11 (NIV)
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
5 “Say to Daughter Zion,
‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 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!”
10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”