Accounts of Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem are found in each of the four Gospels: Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:26-40 and John 12:12-19. It was a humble, but natural effort of the common people to honor Christ, the Miracle Worker; but it turned out to be rather superficial. The same multitude that shouted Hosanna to Jesus as their political saviour from Rome were, for the most part, a week later changed into a rabid mob shouting for His crucifixion.
It’s somewhat like the masses today who call themselves Christians who superficially worship God, but have never recognized that they were lost sinners in need of a Saviour. They are people who seek emotional, good feeling experiences, but have never been broken before God as guilty sinners and have no appetite for the Word of God.
This so-called Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem was the response of the crowds to the initial phase of His coming; as Jesus rode into the city on a colt, the foal of a donkey, as prophesied in Zechariah 9:9.
There is coming a true Coronation of Christ at the end of the Tribulation, as described in Revelation 19:11-21; when Jesus will appear on earth in His glory, riding on a white horse conqueroring as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Those of us who have received Him as Saviour will return with Him to share in His victory.
In Philippians 2:5-11 we read of these two comings of Christ. Verses 5-8 speak of His first coming in humility to die for our sins. Verses 9-11 speak of His glorious return to reign.
EVENTS LEADING UP TO THE TRIUMPHAL ENTRY
This journey to the cross actually began in Luke 9:51. Follow along as I paraphrase. “And it came to pass when the time was come that (He should go to the cross and die for the sins of the world, and be buried and rise the third day) and be be received up (back to Heaven), He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem.” The die was cast. There would be no turning back.
Returning to His Triumphal Entry story in Luke 19, note that Jesus sent two of His disciples to find a donkey, in the Village of Bethphage. They found the donkey and her colt, just like He said they would. They untied it as He told them. The owner came out to find out what was going on, just as Jesus said it would happen. They answered, “The Master has need of him,” just as they were told to answer. No doubt, the owner of the donkey and colt was a follower of Christ and was thrilled at the opportunity of providing the animals for Jesus.
All of it was a fulfillment of the prophecy in Zechariah 9:9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem. Behold, thy King cometh unto thee. He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding upon a donkey, and upon a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Incidentally, this colt had never been broken or ridden. Jesus, who is Lord of all, had no problem with the colt. It was instantly broken the moment He sat on it.
THE CROWDS THAT GREETED JESUS
The growing crowds, exalted Jesus as their political Messiah. They were excited that perhaps now, there would be peace in Jerusalem and in the land of Israel and that’s why they cried out as Matthew records it, “Hosanna, which means save now! The people were not concerned about being saved from their sins. They weren’t interested in a suffering Messiah. What they wanted was a powerful political Saviour who would free them from the oppression of Rome.
THE STONES WOULD CRY OUT
The Pharisees, who had been plotting the death of Jesus for some time now, were upset with the crowds that honored Jesus. They insisted that Jesus put a stop to all this celebration. Jesus answered them that even if He tried to put a stop to it, the stones would cry out in homage to Him.
GOD PUT HIS SON TO DEATH AS A SACRIFICE FOR OUR SINS
At the same time the Pharisee’s were plotting the death of Jesus; unknown to them, God was Master-minding the crucifixion. According to Revelation 13:8. the crucifixion of Jesus as the sacrificial Lamb slain for sin, was known and planned by God before the foundation of the world.
A CONSTANT LAW OF GOD
Read and memorize Psalm 76:10. This is a constant law of God. Don’t ever forget it. You will need to remember it throughout your life as you are confronted by the wrath of man. “Surely, the wrath of man shall praise Thee: the remainder or wrath shalt Thou restrain.” What does this verse teach us about the wrath of man? Whenever you are confronted by the wrath of man, don’t be too upset. God always uses the wrath of man to accomplish His purposes. Beyond that, God restrains man’s wrath. In other words, the wrath of man is never wasted. What God does not use for His glory, He restrains.
JESUS IS NOT SEEKING NOISY WORSHIPPERS
The Palm Sunday crowd made a great fan-fare, a great outward show of their loyalty for Christ; but it was all simply hyper-emotionalism and noise.
Jesus is not seeking noisy worshippers. He is not asking us to whip up our emotions and loudly proclaim our allegience to Him. Rather, He is looking for humble, grateful followers who are so overwhelmed with His sacrifice for our sins that we gladly present our lives to Him to be used as He sees fit for His glory. Romans 12:1-2 teaches us that true worship always results in surrender to Christ, and separation from the influence of this sinful, Satan-controlled world system and in joyful service to Christ.
I encourage you, dear reader to make sure that you are among those who have received Jesus as Saviour and Lord. Come in humility to Him in your sins and ask Him to save you and cleanse you from sin. He will save you now and make you fit to join His family and make you fit to worship Him. One day we will join Him in celebration as He comes to this world as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
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