But, he doesn’t allow those who “get it” to spill the beans.
I was going to teach church history and preach on occasion, but not as a full-time pastor. My dreams of an academic career eventually gave way to a recognition of a call to preach the good news of God’s realm. First came John and he preached a message of repentance. He wasn’t the one who would inaugurate it, but he would pave the way. After his baptism and his temptation, he took up his calling as a preacher. Like John, Jesus called on the people to repent and believe. For preachers, there is always the danger of upsetting the people who pay the salary.
Consider this word from Zechariah 9:9: Zechariah puts into juxtaposition “triumphant and victorious” with “humble and riding on a donkey.” These don’t seem to go together, and yet here they are. It would seem to suggest that the kind of king that Jesus intends to be will be quite different from Caesar and his successors.
It is by the power of the war machine that Jesus will inaugurate his kingdom, but through humility.
No, we could go a different direction on the Sunday before Easter.
We could open the service with the children’s palm parade, maybe sing “All Glory, Laud, and Honor,” and then quickly move to the Passion story.
So maybe we need to attend to it, listening for a word for today. Here comes, riding into Jerusalem on the colt of a donkey.