All good things must come to an end–so, as Jesus prepared to enter Jerusalem for His last week of ministry on earth, He did so with a heavy heart. Jesus knew what lay ahead, but, Jesus also knew what He had to complete. So, Jesus sent the disciples to acquire a donkey colt to carry Him in to Jerusalem. The gesture was neither random, nor was Jesus putting on a show. He was entering His city as the prophets said that He would.
The crowds gathered and the parade was glorious. Jesus entered with people laying their coats and palm fronds down; cheering the triumphal entrance of the Savior of Israel. Sadly, the people did not understand that the Savior they were cheering had to lay down His very life to save them. He was not entering to unseat the Roman occupation. He was not coming in to throw Herod out. He was coming in to start the sacrifice that would restore men’s ability to connect with a holy God. Prophecy fulfilled, Jesus entered and began the holy week.
We have so much to be grateful for. Jesus endured the giving up of His deity, living as a man, traveling without a place to call His home and literally spending all day everyday; teaching men about His Father God. He did that, so that we could have a purpose filled life here, and an eternal life with Him in Heaven. Jesus did it without regret, without objection and even without a fight. No one took His life, Jesus gave it–willingly. We are called to do the same. God asks us to lay our lives down, at the feet of the One that gave His life for us. Like Him, we are asked to do so without fanfare, simply trusting that He will forgive us of our sin, and transform us into His image. What a great exchange.
God Bless You
As 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.’”
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!”
“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.”