The story of Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem is one of humility, love and power. He came as the promised Redeemer, to bring salvation to all who would believe. Though mocked and rejected, Jesus is a King who is willing to suffer for the sake of others.
Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem was a momentous occasion foretold in ancient prophecy. As the Son of David and the Promised Redeemer, Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem and was welcomed with shouts of praise. The multitudes of people who had been following Him shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" (Matthew 21:9).
The people of Jerusalem were amazed. They asked, "Who is this?" (Matthew 21:10). The multitudes answered that he was Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee (Matthew 21:11). The truth is that Jesus was fulfilling a prophecy from the book of Zechariah, which said, "Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, meek, and sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.’" (Matthew 21:5).
Jesus was demonstrating his humility by riding on a donkey instead of a horse, as a king would typically do. Upon arrival in Jerusalem, Jesus went straight to the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling there (Matthew 21:12). He healed the blind and the lame (Matthew 21:14), and he taught the people daily in the temple (Luke 19:47).
Jesus’ actions showed that He was the promised Redeemer who had come to bring salvation to all who would believe. Even though people were happy to see Jesus, the religious leaders of the time turned him down (Luke 19:41). This was in line with the ancient prophecies that Jesus would face opposition from His own people.
The crowds also mocked him (Mark 11:9). But even in the face of rejection, Jesus was still a king. He cried over Jerusalem because He was aware that even though He had come as the promised Redeemer, the people would reject Him (Luke 19:41). Jesus was a humble king who was willing to suffer for the sake of others.
The story of Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem is an important reminder of how powerful God's promises are. Although Jesus was rejected by many, He will return one day in the same way He came—with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him (Revelation 1:7). Until that day, let us remember the humility and love of our King, who came to redeem us from our sins.
(c) Apostle Jonas Clark
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