We have come to Palm Sunday and together we enter into Holy Week much as Jesus entered Jerusalem for the last time. Jesus entered the gates of the city surrounded by people who were cheering him as the Messiah.
Can you imagine the noise? So long, Jesus had been proclaiming his message of the kingdom and perhaps they were finally getting it. He had healed them and taught them and save them and now it had come to this. Can you imagine the noise?
How about in the temple later on in the week, do you remember? We just remember it as Jesus clearing out the temple, but can you imagine the noise? There would have been so many people there for Passover week. The hustle and the bustle and all that commotion. In the midst of all that noise, Jesus saw the cheating and the lack of focus and cleared out the Temple. Can you imagine the noise?
Still later in the week we find Jesus with his disciples in the Upper Room. Jesus had shared a meal with them and the disciples were now arguing about who among them will be the greatest. Can you imagine the noise?
Jesus later is arrested in the garden and the soldiers and others come to take him away. They are met by the disciples and Jesus and there is a scuffle and accusations. In the midst of the chaos Jesus is led away. Can you imagine the noise?
Jesus is placed on trial and stood before the crowd and asked if he should be released. They seemingly all scream out to “crucify him”. Can you imagine the noise?
Jesus is led away and beaten. the instruments of torture used rip his flesh. Can you imagine the noise? He is led out to Calvary carrying the cross. Jesus looks around and sees many of the same faces which welcomes him earlier in the week and screamed out for his crucifixion. Perhaps those same people are now jeering him as he is led away. Others would be crying and wailing. Can you imagine the noise?
Jesus has his hands nailed to the cross and as the hammer strikes the nails and Jesus cries out, can you imagine the noise? He is hung up on the cross in between two criminals. One of the criminals joins in the taunting and mocks Jesus. Can you imagine the noise?
As the day draws near to an end, Jesus breathes his last breath and says “It is finished”….and the world stopped.
Can you imagine the noise?