Praise or Crucify?

I love how God speaks to us through his word but he also speaks to us through other sources. This week he has spoken to me through my devotionals and books that I have been reading. One such book is called the “Explicit Gospel” by Matt Chandler. It is a book that calls us to know the gospel more “explicitly” and calls us to true Christianity. In chapter 3 he is explaining the crucifixion of Jesus in great detail and this quote struck me:

“The crowd, who five days earlier had shouted ‘Hosanna! Hosanna!’ and laid down palm leaves as Jesus rode into town, now screams, ‘Crucify him! Crucify him!” (Mark 15:13)

Picture the crowd praising and glorifying God on that Palm Sunday and then on Friday they are cursing and demanding his death! I had never thought about it in this sense before and it really made me think about my own life. How many times have I praised God in one moment and turned around and cursed his name by being disobedient in that same moment? How many times have I pleaded to God for help and then turned by back on him the moment things look up? I am just like this crowd that cries Hosanna in one moment and Crucify him in the next.  Look at what James tells us in chapter 3:

“But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.” (3:8-9)

The tongue can be used as an evil device and if we do not use it to glorify God then we are using it for evil. What we say one day contradicts what we say the next day. We go to church on Sundays and we praise him shouting Hosanna! The next day we are cursing him and we cry out Crucify him! God sends us a miracle that we’ve been praying for and we cry out Hosanna! God does not give us the answer we want and we cry out Crucify him!

And it’s not just our tongues that profess this but also our actions. We can go to church on Sunday and go through the motions but Monday morning it’s like we never heard a word. When everything is going our way we do whatever we want and when the littlest thing happens that throws us off that’s when we call out to God for help. We have all seen or been through this. God is important when times are tough and when things are smooth-sailing again we forget about him. 1 John 2:6 says, “Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” We can talk the talk all day long but we can never live in Christ unless we walk the walk.

It’s time we decide which side we are for.  Jesus says in Revelation 3:16, “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”  We cannot play both sides. We are either for evil or for good. It’s time to stop riding the fence. It’s time we lay it all down and become a true follower of Christ.

Will your words and actions scream Hosanna or will they scream Crucify him?