Some years ago, now, I watched a television documentary which focused on land management in upland areas of Britain. Each year, fires were intentionally started on areas of open moorland and the result was a heavily charred area amongst a beautiful landscape.
Within weeks new shoots started springing up and the documentary explained the process of renewal that comes after such a fire. After the heat and devastation and amidst the charred remains, new life almost miraculously appears. The landscape, though different, becomes once again something that is lush, life-giving and beautiful to behold.
In a sense, there are parallels with the Easter story. Christ enters Jerusalem to great acclamation, yet a few days later those same people are baying for his blood. There is betrayal and with the crucifixion on Good Friday there follows destruction and desolation.