Text: John 12:12-19
In the picture of people celebrating Jesus there are two aspects of this scene which are noteworthy. First, God offers comfort to Israel, but it runs totally counter to what they would have perceived as real help. Second, while Jesus is being praised and celebrated, the dark cloud of spiritual opposition that would lead to Jesus' death was gaining momentum. These elements are often true in our own lives: opposition often follows our pursuit of God, and, God helps us in ways we might not expect.