Sometimes they strew his way,
and his sweet praises sing;
resounding all the day
hosannas to their King:
then ‘Crucify!’ is all their breath,
and for his death they thirst and cry.
Why, what my Lord done?
What makes this rage and spite?
He made the lame to run,
he gave the blind their sight.
Sweet injuries! Yet they at these
themselves displease, and ‘gainst him rise.
The third and fourth verses from Samuel Crossman’s hymn, My song is love unknown.
The crowd enthusiastically greeted Jesus on his ride into Jerusalem, was told by Luke
As he rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of him. When he reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen.
“Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!”
But some of the Pharisees among the crowd said, “Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!”
He replied, “If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!”
Luke 19:36 to 40 (New Living Translation)
However a few days later the crowd stirred up by the High Priests, who saw Jesus as a threat to their way of life, turned on him. Not wanting to be stick out from their family and friends members of the crowd followed the path of least resistance and called for the crucifixion of Jesus.
Jesus had healed the sick and had taught of compassion to those around us whether we know them or not. What wrong had he done? Even Pilate found no charge against him, however he washed his hands and handed Jesus back to be tortured and put to death. Pilate offered the crowd to release Jesus, but the crowd called for Barabbas.
If you had been in that position what would you have done? Gone with the crowd, or stood up for the innocent man?
In her posts yesterday Beth recalls Jesus being condemned to death and Jesus taking up his Cross, illustrated by pictures from the Stations of the Cross from Gwyneth Leech, showing Pilate washing his hands and Jesus bearing his Cross