What a beautiful day it is. Since relocating to Central Pennsylvania, I suddenly have a new love for the spring time & the great out doors. If you ask my wife, I am not much of an out doors type guy. Growing up in the city, I loved being outside in the summer, but prefer to be in a downtown environment, where I can interact with lots of people. I love to be surrounded by people of all makes and sizes. One of the things I enjoyed the most, was spending time on Dillworth Plaza in Center City Philadelphia. If you frequent this blog, then you have read about my weekly train rides into the city from our home in the suburbs. Dillworth is a large open plaza on the west side of Philly’s City Hall. During the summer, there are all kinds of things happening there. Music, art, children playing in the water garden. Just about anything you could imagine. The vibe there is electric, like the people just enjoy being together.
The city culture, sometimes just gets people excited! As I read through the book of John, I get that same feeling about the city of Jerusalem, when Jesus arrived there in chapter 12:11-19.
Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King
12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[b]
“Blessed is the king of Israel!”
14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:
15 “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;
see, your king is coming,
seated on a donkey’s colt.”[c]
16 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.
17 Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word.18 Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign,went out to meet him. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”