Giotto, Scrovegni Chapel, Padua Italy, c. 1305
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the Highest!” We know how the rest of the story goes. Jesus—acclaimed as the one who is to save his people—enters Jerusalem to a crowd’s cry of praise. A few days later, the crowd cries “Crucify him!” The one who was to save his people was—only a few days later—led to his humiliating execution, an excruciating punishment reserved for the seditious political enemies of the Roman Empire.
Why did the crowd turn on Jesus?
Sure, it might not have been a real “crowd” in either case—at least not by today’s standards. Sure, we might want to say that the crowd numbered of different people. Perhaps the people who had cried, “Hosanna!” simply weren’t around a few days later. Perhaps they stayed home. Perhaps they stayed silent. But in any case…
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