What a sight it must have been! The Lord Jesus, riding on a donkey, entering Jerusalem. The palm branches were waving and the people singing, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” This was a great way to start the week, but sadly, things only turned south from there. Though the week started with the palm branches of praise to Jesus, it would end with the death of the Son of God. And over that week, Jesus’ closest friends would only let him down.
Have you ever had a friend that you thought you could depend on only to find out that he or she would let you down? I’ll have to admit, I’ve lived on both sides of that coin. Some of my friends have certainly disappointed me, and I know for certain that I have not lived up to many of the promises that I have made as well.
While the Lord Jesus never let anyone down, the Bible does teach us that many of his friends not only let him down, but actually deserted Him when it counted the most. During the last week of Jesus’ life, his disciples rallied around him during the first half of the week, but as the week went on, even Jesus’ closest friends abandoned him.
Think about Peter…he told Jesus that he would never deny him. But when push came to shove, Peter even cursed and denied Jesus three different times. Think about Judas…he followed Jesus for three years, yet for 30 pieces of silver, he turned Jesus over to the authorities. Think about Pilate…we know he was not Jesus’ friend, but he was a governing agent. Because of that, he was supposed to do what was right, yet even Pilate abandoned law and common grace because of the crowds. Yes, this week that started with such wonderful praise of Jesus would only end with abandonment, betrayal, and ultimately the death of the Son of God.
Rev. Adam Mumpower, Senior Pastor