9Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

There appears to be some semblance of unity here. There are no dissenting voices. “Those who went ahead and those who followed” are united in acclaiming Jesus as “the one who comes in the name of the Lord!”

Tragically, we will see as the story unfolds that this unity does not go very deep or last very long. The acclaim the crowds lavish on Jesus is fickle and changeable. As soon as their expectations are frustrated and events turn against Jesus, the crowd is divided and the majority appear to abandon this king they have acclaimed with such wild enthusiasm.

This is always the way with allegiances based on the appearance of success or the hope of triumph and victory. Acclaim turns quickly to attack when the expectations of the crowd are not fulfilled.

I wonder how often the acclaim I grant is motivated by the hope that I am lining up with the winning side. I wonder how fickle my feelings will prove in the face of opposition or disappointment. How do I respond when I feel let down?

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What habits of the heart help me to find a steady stable place from which to live that is not buffeted about by the vagaries of public opinion and fleeting success?