Palm Sunday

Although some athletes take taunting to extremes, it can be an effective strategy. It can throw an opponent of his or her game. Challenging authority is a form of taunting with the same effect. I love the scene in the movie Gandhi where they “walked to the sea and made salt.” Gandhi was challenging authority in a peaceful but effective way.

Jesus’s entrance in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday not only fulfilled prophecy, it also was a strategy meant to provoke and challenge. His entrance into the city to the cries of Hosanna was an “in your face” message to Rome, Herod, and the scribes and pharisees. Christ got their attention and forced them to deal with a poor carpenter from Galilee. He didn’t have a rabbinical degree or the authority of wealth or power, and normally the best strategy would be to ignore him. But Jesus knew how to provoke and challenge with the best. He knew how to get their attention and he did, and he forced them to play his game, not theirs.

What do you think? I think I wouldn’t want to play a game of hoops with Christ!

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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