This morning as I was preparing to head for church, I remembered that it is Palm Sunday, a day of celebrating the king of glory. I thought of the many Palm Sunday services I had attended, full of children waving fronds and high energy music.
When I actually arrived at the church service, I was met with a very similar scene. The worship arts ministry was out in full force with the handbells ringing, the orchestra playing, the choir singing, the children dancing. There were slide shows and videos. The service was high energy, the music was loud, and I loved it.
Then, we heard a sermon from Matthew 12 on the evil of our hearts revealed in our actions and words, and another truth about Palm Sunday hit me. Just as the morning worship filled my heart with awe like those crowds who greeted Jesus on the road to Jerusalem centuries ago, so my heart is capable of the same ambivalence they felt just days later when they yelled, “Crucify.”
Palm Sunday is certainly about the “Hosannas” for our triumphal king who is more glorious than we can imagine. But it’s also a day of warning that our hearts that are more deceitful than we care to admit.
“For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.” – Matthew 12:34-35