Easter Sunday this year falls on April 1st. The same day as April Fools Day, personally I can’t remember a time when that has happened. This has lead Glen Scrivener of Speak Life to create a video mini-series as part of his Divine Comedy campaign. Over the course of the next seven days, I will be using this mini-series as a basis to talk about Easter. Today, we’ll be starting with Palm Sunday.
Why Is Palm Sunday Funny?
Have you ever asked yourself why Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey? I mean donkeys are funny creatures! But maybe that’s just my Shrek fandom coming to the surface.
It was Aristotle who said “the secret to humour is surprise”, and what is more of a surprise than a king riding in on an animal that makes funny noises? See Jesus, was entering Jerusalem on a donkey because in Zechariah 9:9 we’re told that the Messiah will arrive will enter into Jerusalem on a donkey. This was prophesied!
Palm Sunday then takes a graphic turn, as less than five days later, the same people shouting hosanna, are shouting crucify Him! What’s even more funny about this, is that they were bribed to do so by the religious leaders who wanted Jesus dead from the start of His ministry.
The real humour in Palm Sunday comes from the use of hindsight, with us not living in the same time period. We know what happened and how it works out. And it is God who gets the last laugh here.
Palm Sunday, More Than a Laughing Matter?
Now, although there is humour to be seen in the events of Palm Sunday. The reality is it is leading to something very grim, something very brutal, something tragic. See, the people of Jerusalem sent Jesus to the cross, they sent the son of God to die on a tree (the fulfilment of a prophecy in Deuteronomy 21:22-23). But this tragic event results in something glorious!
This was God’s plan, it was His intention to send His son to that cross, to die for our sins. To pay the price for the things we’ve done wrong which cause us to be separated from God. This was the plan to bring us and God together.
That’s why the events of this week, are more than a laughing matter. They are what makes the Christian faith true, it’s what makes it stick. The question is, have you let it stick to you?
The Invitation This Season
God’s invitation to you this Easter season is simply this … will you accept the gift God has given you?
Will you accept the offer to enter into a relationship with Jesus, will you accept Him as your Lord and Saviour?
It is this invitation that is the crux of the Easter season. As it says in John 3:16, for God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only son, so that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have eternal life.
If you don’t know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour yet, will you consider welcoming into your life as that this Easter season?