The Triumphant Entry

The Triumphant Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem is now called Palm Sunday. The spreading of garments in the streets before persons to whom it was intended to show particular honor was a very ancient and general custom. Thus the people threw their garments in the way before Jesus and others strew branches. "And they that went before and they that followed cried, saying, Hosanna, meaning "save now, we pray;" Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord."

On the road to Bethphage Jesus had asked two of His disciples to find a colt, the foal of an ass tied and bring it. The people would know the significance of Jesus riding the colt from a prophecy from Zechariah 9:9, "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion, shout O daughter of Jerusalem, behold, your King comes unto you, He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass."

Passover was only a few days away and there were many seeking to kill Jesus. But He came anyway and the triumphant Entry into Jerusalem only fueled the fire of hatred against Him by the authorities. The followers of Jesus was hoping that He would now claim His place as the promised deliverer of Israel and finally overthrow the yoke of Rome. Jesus knew what awaited Him and could have stayed away, yet He chose to fulfill scripture and ride a colt into the Holy City, only to be despised and rejected by the ones that He had come to save. Many of the ones that cried "Hosanna" would soon cry "crucify Him."
[BD, Matthew 21, Mark 11]

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