April 10, 2022 Today is the day where the clashes between Jesus and the world begin to come to a head. You see, on Palm Sunday long ago, there were two processions happening at the same time. One, the Roman governor of Judea, in this case, Pilate, who rode up to Jerusalem from his coastal residence in the west. He would have arrived on a war horse, wearing all of his imperial garb, and he rode through the streets to remind the Jewish pilgrims that Rome demanded their complete loyalty and obedience. And then from the east, another procession. But this one, a man on a donkey, looking ragtag and absurd. People are waving palm branches and singing “Hosanna to the Son of David,” as though he’s a king, and yet he carries no weapons and exudes zero sense of grandeur.

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