It is Sunday of the Holy Week. Palm Sunday. Jesus triumphantly enters Jerusalem.
Sunday is coming.
Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
“Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’ ”
The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.” – Matthew 21:1-11
The time has come for Jesus to do what the Father has planned for him to do before the foundation of the world. It all begins with the king entering Jerusalem. The town is significant. At that time, Jerusalem was the epicenter of Jewish worship. It was here where sacrifices were brought before God in the temple which was the place where God met with his people. Both of which were meant to point to King Jesus. In him we find the place where man meets with God and the ultimate sacrifice that the killing of bulls and goats foreshadowed. In a few days there would be one final sacrifice in Jerusalem.
The king enters with much pomp and circumstance. The crowd goes wild! No, this is not what we would expect. Things work differently in the Kingdom of God. Christ’s entrance exudes humility and involves an animal not fit for a king, a donkey. An animal that he knew would be exactly where he would need it to be at the very minute he needed it. An animal that was part of the fulfillment of a prophecy about the Messiah over 500 years before this moment (Zechariah 9:9). All is happening as God has ordained it.
Some understand the significance of this moment. “Hosanna to the Son of David.” Hosanna means, ‘save us.” Save us, Son of David. Their words reveal they understand what Jesus is declaring with this entrance into Jerusalem: I am the Messiah you have been waiting for. He was here to save them, but maybe not in the way they thought. No armies, battles, or overthrowing of political rulers. This is a spiritual rescue.
Others were baffled and wondered who this man was.
What riches we find here in this short passage:
- God is Trustworthy: What he says will happen will happen just as he says it will happen
- God is Faithful and full of Love: His people need saving and he will provide the sacrifice
- God is Providential: He is purposefully over all things (even details like the donkey)
- Christ is the Messiah, the Son of David, the King
- Christ is a humble, obedient servant
How shall we respond?
- Lord, I can trust you today with what is hard to trust you with because you always keep your word.
- I praise you Lord for the faithfulness you have shown me in Christ. What grace!
- Lord, I need help to not lean on my own understanding when life doesn’t make sense. Help me walk in faith as you build your kingdom. Everything is going perfectly according to your plan.
- Help me to humbly serve you and others as Jesus has served me.
- I see my sin again today and turn to Jesus, and cry out: Save me, Son of David. Lord keep me from turning from Jesus and going my own way. Apart from Christ I have no good.