“We have a temptation to make Holy Week all about us. Make it about Him.” - DanMike Thompson (definitely paraphrased)
In the same way, I think those in Jesus’ time, although they truly didn’t know what was about to transpire this week, were battling a similar temptation.
In the perspective of the Jews, the Messiah was supposed to come and destroy the powers that be, restoring the Jews to their promised land, restoring the Jews to their promised "greatness." The Messiah was supposed to be someone that was not like this Jesus character, in their short sighted understanding. Even on Palm Sunday, the people found themselves waving the palm branch in hopes of anarchy, in hopes that this was their Messiah.
I too have a tendency to try and make the Messiah be someone else, someone more comfortable to fit what I think He should do. I wave the branches as a form of worship, but in the hopes that He will come through for me in the way that I want Him to.
Time and time again, we, the people, make what we see around us the reality of what we live in. This has never been the way that God has operated. We continue to make ourselves larger, to make others larger, anything else the curse can touch much larger than the power of what this week unleashes. His gospel is the power.
None of this is about us. It always has been and will be about Jesus.
If we let Jesus be Jesus, this Jesus we know from the Words He has given us; if we let the truth of both the horrors and the glories of this week be what they are without putting them in a box, then our lives can truly be changed. But it is in death that life comes forth.
Look upon Him, don’t stop looking upon Him, and live.