When the Jewish Revolts began around AD 66, Rome sent her army to crush the Zealot movement. At Gamla, the arrival of the Roman army created mass panic. More than five thousand people lost their lives as they jumped or fell off Gamla's northern cliff.
After reading this brief history of Palm Sunday, maybe you can begin to understand why I do not want to line myself up with the Zealots. This dark time in history lead to our Savior's torture, death, and Resurrection. It’s an essential part of our story, but it’s just not a chapter I want to dwell on. To me Palm Sunday highlights the “build them up so we can tear them down” mentality that is all too prevalent in society even today. The Zealots’ immediate acceptance of Jesus was followed by a quick and vicious betrayal when he didn’t fit their mold. That’s just not a celebration I want to be a part of. To stay consistent in the Christian walk and live this Resurrection message out all the time is my desire…not just on one particular day for my own personal gain. Perhaps we should have bit more "zealot" in us; we ought to be passionate and relentless in our thirst for Jesus – but the real Jesus, not our preconceived notions of him or who we want him to be.