Our Fickle Hearts
This is Day 37 of my 40 day Lenten Blog.
"The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him crying out, 'Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!'" (John 12:12-13).
Five days later.
"Pilate addressed the crowd once more, desiring to release Jesus, but they kept shouting 'Crucify, crucify him!'" (Luke 23:20-21).
This past palm Sunday my wife Elena was discussing the above two events with my children. They could not understand how the people could go from praising and glorifying Jesus one day and less than a week later call for Him to be crucified. But I can.
Have I not done it? Have I not praised and glorified Jesus one minute and the next disobeying Him? How many of us have spent Saturday night sinning and Sunday morning praying? When we sin we are shouting "Crucify him!" When we sin we are flogging Him at the pillar. When we sin we are nailing Him to the cross.
Human hearts are fickle. We love one thing one minute and despise it the next. It is part of our broken nature, I suppose. If you don't believe me just look at the divorce rate. But we must not allow our fickle hearts to turn from Jesus. We must be steadfast in our love for Him. Let us commit ourselves today, to always shout "Hosanna" and never shout "Crucify!" Let us hand our fickle hearts over to Him so that He can make them steadfast and strong.
Christ, You are life. My heart longs for you more than anything in this world. Help me to always long for You, to always seek You and to always find You. Amen.
R.C. VanLandingham is the author of the Christian fantasy novel Peter Puckett & The Amulet of Eternity. He lives in Florida with his beautiful wife and three wonderful boys.