Hosanna! Save us, now! On Palm Sunday we celebrate the time when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the holy city. A large multitude of people gathered to see the Messiah, spreading their cloaks on the ground before Him and waving palms to honor Him. They may not have known his death was near but they certainly knew He was the one who came to save.
This week we are celebrating Semana Santa, Holy Week, here in Guatemala. It is simply amazing. There is no denying the beauty of this country and the magnificent colors all around us. Alfombras, which are carpets of flowers, fruit and colored sawdust decorate the streets by very talented people. Processions, made up of ornate floats, walk through the city all day long, while musically gifted bands play on. Every time I see an alfombra I think about the people lying down their cloaks and waving their palms as Jesus rode into town.
I am in awe of the vibrant colors and the creative artistry all around me. I am amazed at the crowds coming out to celebrate Holy week. I am honored to worship here in this beautiful land as we prepare to observe the day Jesus rose from the grave.
Yet I can't help but think the significance is lost. I want to hug these people and let them know they don't need to have the most beautiful float to receive forgiveness. They don't need to spend hours and hours working on their alfombra to have true repentance. They don't need to place their special needs child in the front of the procession in order to be healed. The work has already been done. It is finished! In one week we get to celebrate the Risen King!
1These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.