On the Monday after His entrance into Jerusalem, Jesus curses a fig tree for not bearing fruit and drives those who were buying and selling out of the temple, overturning tables and benches. John’s account even describes Jesus braiding a whip out of cords to cleanse the temple. This is not the Jesus we often depict. We are terrified of strong emotion. Because somewhere along the way, we were taught that emotions may be less than holy. And yet our God and His Son are described as deeply emotional.
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. On this day, Jesus rode into Jerusalem as a king. Surrounded by followers who glorify God for “all the miracles they had seen” (Luke 19: 37). This day was the climax of His ministry that had been building since He had first begun. On this day, Jesus was welcomed with praises as the King of Jews, but how quickly will those who praise him turn away from Him. Before we embark on the rest of the week and follow the way of the cross, let us revisit the notion of the name – more specifically, His name. “Who is this?” they ask. But Jesus asks, “Who do you say I am?” (Matthew 16: 15).