many saw in Jesus the promised Messiah and Davidic King, and shouted their praise.
This was no orchestrated response with a choir, stirring music, an official reception, and everyone in their best clothes. This was the spontaneous response to the ‘One coming in the Name of the Lord’, by ordinary people, both adults and children: raucous, noisy, disorganised.
And Jesus made it clear that such praise was acceptable: for the stones would cry out if the people were silent. (Now that would have been worth seeing!)
Observers not participants, wanting to monitor, comment and control, but unwilling to get involved. They thought they knew the Scriptures, but were unwilling to honour the One the Scriptures talked about. And when Jesus confounded their religious ideas, they were unable to take a step back and reconsider, and so earned His rebuke.
too busy to take note of the Presence of God in their midst,
too busy to stop and wonder, too busy to bow down in worship.
to extravagantly celebrate the Presence of the Lord in our midst this Easter.