There are two times a year when light, love and spiritual awareness are at their highest: Christmas and Easter. There is the Christmas season when everyone is filled with cheer and love for one another. Christians are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Then there is Easter which begins with the celebration of Palm Sunday and ends with the Resurrection of Christ.
It is interesting to note the activity of the crowd of people in scripture who surrounded Jesus on Palm Sunday and later at his trial before Pontius Pilate. John, a disciple of Jesus Christ, writes about this crowd and gives an account of their behavior:
The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, 'Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!' John 12: 12-13 (NLT)
One might say the crowd consisted of different people; I would argue that they are one in the same. Different people may have moved in and out of the crowd; but the basic make up of this crowd consisted of the same people. The crowd started out believing Jesus was the Messiah; but then changed and wanted Him crucified. What happened? In general, the crowd had one thing in common; it is referred to in the scripture as “unbelief”:
But despite all the miraculous signs Jesus had done most of the people still did not believe in him. John 12:37 (NLT)
Today, instead of saying “unbelief” we would probably use terms like negative thinking. The crowd also had something else in common, fear. With this deadly combination of negative thinking and fear, whatever amount of faith they had was destroyed as evidenced by them crying out “crucify him.” So how does this apply to us today.
Each moment we are surrounded by a crowd of negative thoughts, thoughts of unbelief and fear. This crowd does not necessarily exist outside of us, but in our mind. It is our personal crowd consisting of thoughts of doubt, disappointment, disillusionment, fear and downright stinkin thinkin. This is the crowd that cries out to crucify the positive thoughts, crucify our hope and faith.
This crowd causes pain and challenges our faith. How are we going to deal with this crowd?