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April 7, 2017 by jmar198013
March 19, 2016 by jmar198013
During Passover in Jesus’ day, the Roman governor Pilate would enter Jerusalem, leading a battalion or two of Roman security forces. On war horses. It was a mighty display of shock and awe. Peace through strength.
But Luke didn’t even bother mentioning Pilate’s Passover parade in his Gospel. Everyone already knew about that.
Instead, Luke made sure to tell about the time Jesus led a bootleg Passover parade through the other side of the city. He rode in on a (borrowed) donkey. His parade consisted of rowdy disciples singing off-key hymns (and butchering the words); and throwing their garments on the ground.
Two parades going on at opposite sides of the same town. At roughly the same time. And the two parades tell two different stories about peace, and what a peaceable kingdom looks like.
We must all choose to join one of those parades. You can’t be in both, because they’re on opposite ends of town.
Which parade will you be in?