Behold, Your King Comes
"Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!
Crowds of people poured into Jerusalem. They traveled from many towns in Israel to celebrate the passover, a celebration of deliverance. They came on foot, by camel, or donkey. They packed the roads leading into the Holy City.
Another small group journeyed to Jerusalem that day. It was Jesus and His twelve disciples. They also traveled to Jerusalem for the passover. Jesus sent two of the disciples into a nearby village to get a donkey and her colt. They fetched the donkey, and they set Jesus upon it. This fulfilled the prophecy of Zechariah (Zechariah 9:9). Jesus riding on the colt of the donkey is significant because a donkey symbolized peace. Jesus' kingdom is peaceful. Had He rode a horse, a symbol of military conquest, the people would have seen him as a conqueror.
The people along the road hailed Jesus as their king. The twelve disciples probably thought this was the day Jesus would usher in His kingdom. The time was nearing for Jesus to establish His kingdom, but the kingdom of Christ could only come through His death. His Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom but a heavenly kingdom. However, the disciples were thinking in earthly terms; not in heavenly ones. Several times between His triumphal entry and His death, Jesus attempted to explain to His disciples that He must die, but they were not listening. In their minds, the Messiah would establish an earthly kingdom of God, delivering Israel from her enemies. Jesus spoke to them of spiritual deliverance, but they continued to think only of physical deliverance.
The crowd spread garments and palm branches in front of Jesus as He rode into Jerusalem. Palm branches represent triumph and victory, and they expected Jesus to triumph over the Romans. By the end of the week, He would triumph over death itself, bringing salvation to the world.
The crowd began to shout, "Hosanna!", which means "save now" or "save us." In Jesus' time, hosanna was a praise of adoration. The people expected Jesus to drive the Romans out and reestablish the throne of David. In the end, the people only saw Jesus as a prophet (Matthew 21:11). They did not recognize Him as the Son of God, but as a man to be made king. In less than a week, these same people would cry, "Crucify Him!"
How do you view Jesus? Is He just a man? A prophet? Someone to cry out to in times of trouble? No, He is more. Jesus came to be the Savior of the world. He gave His life as a blood sacrifice for your wrong doings. His kingdom is not of this earth, but an eternal kingdom of heaven. You must understand that Jesus died for your wrong doings and rose after three days to give you the hope of eternal life.
References: Mark 11:1-11; Matthew 21:1-11; Luke 19:29-40; John 12:12-19
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.
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