For Jesus, his life was one of routine family life until he was in his 30s. Suddenly he "found himself." It was time. For him, it was a roller-coaster ride.
Today we celebrate his moments of fame. He was paraded through the streets, praised, adored and loved. It was the equivalent of a modern ticker-tape parade.
Less than a week later, he was dead. His death was the worst. He was tortured and humiliated. He was abandoned and denied by his friends and followers.
Here was a man at the top of the world on Sunday, and at the lowest of lows on Friday.
I like to think that, in addition to the salvation of all mankind, Jesus taught us a lesson that week.
Life is fragile. Life changes. When things are going well, we should enjoy them. But we must always be aware that we should always aim to stay on the path to heaven because that is the only safe path.
Lord Jesus, thank you for saving our souls. Thank you, also, for showing us how tricky life can be, and encouraging us to live our lives well, one day at a time, for this day is all that we can count on.