Yesterday was Palm Sunday. During Lent I have been reading Maggi Dawn's "Giving It Up". I was particularly struck by some of what she said yesterday and how it described the challenge that Jesus places before us by not being what we expect. The Palm Sunday people were looking for a conquering hero, but what they got was a vulnerable servant.
As Maggi Dawn puts it: "Jesus always turned people's expectations of him upside down. They expected a dour John the Baptist figure in a hair shirt, but what they got was a man who went to parties and turned water into wine. They expected a Messiah who would overthrow Rome, but what they got was a man who told them to put their weapons down."
Jesus does things, not the way we expect, but God's way.