Each day this week, I’ll post a short reflection, based on N.T. Wright’s, “Christians at the Cross.” It’s a little book of meditations given last year in a small British town that has seen it’s share of community hardship. Wright speaks about the song that we struggle to hear in our day-to-day lives. It’s the song of God’s love, demonstrated in the life and work of Jesus. In this Holy Week, we are invited to listen for the song and to join in the singing ourselves.
On Palm Sunday, the crowds led Jesus into Jerusalem with their songs of “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” The people sang with a sense of hope and expectation that somehow, in some way, Jesus would meet their deepest needs. Less than a week later, they would be singing a harsher, angry tune, calling for His death. But on Palm Sunday, they had found that song. They caught a glimpse of something.
Wright suggests that we each need to find our voice in the song. Like those singers on the first Palm Sunday, we come to Jesus with a mix of hopes and fears, expectations and disappointments, but hanging on the hope that Jesus can do something about it.
I encourage you this week to name an area in your own life where you feel the weight of a world that is not the way it ought to be. It may be a personal burden you carry that you would love to see lifted, it might be a burden you carry for someone else. I encourage you to name that burden before God and take focused time this week to bring that before the cross of Jesus. We all struggle to find our singing voice in one way or another. But by opening our hearts to the transforming work of Jesus, we can find the gift of song, or rather, the gift of a song. “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Mt 21:9)