Centuries before, the Prophet Isaiah said that God would one day do a new thing. There would be streams in the desert and roads in the wilderness; even wild animals would worship.
What if that wasn’t a metaphor?
What if it was finally happening—the Creator making a new creation?
It would mean you’d have to forget the past and live in a new way. And the new way might not be easy. People would think you were crazy.
Jesus had just raised his friend Lazarus from the dead, a clear signal that the new creation was underway.
For Jesus it meant riding in triumph to a mock trial and the cross, and all the ironies of a conquering king riding on a borrowed, unbroken colt.
But for Lazarus, it meant sudden, unwanted celebrity. No one had seen a dead man come back to life. And since Lazarus was Exhibit A of the new creation, the authorities wanted him dead too.
Coming to grips with the new reality was bewildering.
And of course, it still is. As Jesus comes riding in, we ought to be cheering and waving and throwing our coats in the road, even if we don’t quite grasp what’s going on.
This is no time to be holding back.
Go ahead. Let people think you’re crazy.