The Triumphal Entry
28 And when
he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you
will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’ ” 32 So those who were sent went away and found
it just as he had told them. 33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the
colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37 As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice
for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”
40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”
This is the text that we use to usher in Holy Week, the Triumphal Entry (often called Palm Sunday). Jesus
comes riding into town on a donkey and the people are cheering Him as a King coming into his Kingdom. The irony is that one would expect a king to come riding on a stallion, not as a humble man on a donkey. They don’t understand that God’s
Kingdom is not here and that Jesus truly is the Messiah. Jesus is fulfilling the Old Testament Scripture:
Zechariah 9:9 (ESV)
The Coming King of Zion
9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
The irony is that the very people that would be mocking Jesus are the ones crying out: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
I pray: O Lord, there are many times that I claim to be Christian, yet my actions show otherwise. Deep down, I understand how the same people cheered
you, then later mocked you. Everytime I sin, I am mocking you by doing it my way instead of your way. Please forgive me and help me to do better. Amen.