Coming up this Sunday is Palm Sunday. The Triumphal Entry was described by the prophet Zechariah, in Zec 9:9. When Christ would appear in his glory. His appearance is in his meekness, not in his majesty, by his mercy to work out our salvation. His meekness and outward poverty were fully seen in his triumphal entrance to Jerusalem They brought the donkey, but Jesus did not use it without the owner’s permission. The chief priests and the elders joined in with the multitude that abused him and put him upon the cross! But of how little value is the applause of people! The changing people, like today, follow the multitude. They join the cry of the day, whether it is Hosanna, or Crucify him. Multitudes often seem to approve the gospel, but believe and obey it. When Jesus came into Jerusalem all the city was moved; some were moved with joy, were moved with envy and jealousy.
Matthew 21: 1-21As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5 “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”[a]6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna[to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[c]
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Yes,During Jesus’ triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem he enters in peace despite the fact that He knows how the week ahead will end.
Yes, Jesus rode in to Jerusalem on the back of a borrowed donkey on that Sunday. In the next week, Jesus would defy all political expectations. The Jews had been looking for a coming Messiah that would come to free them from their tyranny of Roman oppression but Jesus would free them from things even more powerful; sin, death and hell itself. Jesus came not as a victorious conqueror but as the humble lamb of God, who had come to lay down his life for and me.