Matthew 21:1-11 As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. 2 “Go into the village over there,” he said. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will immediately let you take them.”
6 The two disciples did as Jesus commanded. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it.[c]
8 Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting,“Praise God[d] for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hossanah in the highest heaven!”[e] 10 The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. “Who is this?” they asked. 11 And the crowds replied, “It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Jesus entered Jerusalem on that day known to Christians as "Palm Sunday", which is the Sunday before His brutal and bloody crucifixion.
Jesus' entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey was prophesied in Zechariah 9:9-Rejoice, O people of Zion![a] Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious,[b] yet he is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt.
Jesus request of His disciples was with specific instructions: (1) Go into a village. (2) look for a donkey tied to a house with it's colt next to it. (3) untie and bring them to me. (4) if anyone ask you what are you doing, tell them "The Lord has needs of them" and they will release them to you.
Prior to His triumphant entry into Jerusalem, Jesus made specific request concerning the animal that was to be ridden that day. He requested a donkey! One that had never been ridden. That was the only kind of donkey that would e fit for a "KING"!
Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem, knowing full well that His trip to Jerusalem that day would be His last entry as part of his earthly ministry.
Jesus also knew that this trip meant that He was headed for a brutal and bloody crucifixion as penalty for sinful mankind. Yet, He was still wiling to head straight there , knowing He would die.
The crowds that went ahead of Jesus and those that followed shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Hosanna in the highest heaven!"
In celebration of Jesus triumphant entry, a very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The people hailed and praised Him as the “King who comes in the name of the Lord”.
Oh, what a sight that must have been to see! A "humble" Jesus riding on top of a humble donkey with the crowds waving of palm trees and the shouts of Hossanah.
As Jesus rode that donkey into Jerusalem that day, He rode in with God as no man has ever done before. Every step that donkey took echoed with the promise of God that was made before the foundation of the world. The promise of Jesus as the ultimate "Sacrificial Lamb" whose blood would be shed for the sins of the world.
1 Peter 1:20-God chose Him as your ransom long before the world began, but he has now revealed him to you in these last days.
Revelation 13:8b-the Lamb that was slain [in sacrifice] from the foundation of the world.
Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem! Oh, what a sight that must have been to see. I tried to picture this scene in my mind with eyes full of tears and joy in knowing that Jesus paid it all for me.
Jesus was full speed ahead to Calvary that day.
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, the emblem of suffering and shame; and I love that old cross where the dearest and best for a world of lost sinners was slain. So I'll cherish that old rugged cross, till y trophies at last I lay down; I will cling to the old rugged cross, and exchange it some day for a crown.
The triumphant entry! "Hossanah, Hossanah!
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for the blood that was shed for the remission of our sins.
I love you all.
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