The King enters Jerusalem

(Matt. 21:1-9; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-19)

The Old Testament prophet Zechariah had written: Rejoice, rejoice, people of Zion!

Shout for joy, you people of Jerusalem!

Look, your king is coming to you!

He comes triumphant and victorious,

but humble and riding on a donkey-

on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zech. 9:9-TEV)

So it was that on the Sunday before He died, Jesus and His disciples came to Jerusalem. When they reached the hill called the Mount of Olives that overlooks Jerusalem from the east, Jesus sent two of his disciples to a nearby village and told them, "When you enter it, you will find a donkey tied with her colt, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' say, 'They Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.'

So they went and found the colt as Jesus had said. As they were untying it, its owners said to them, "Why are you untying the colt?" And they told them what Jesus had said. So they brought the colt to Jesus. Then they put their cloaks on it and he sat on it and began to ride to Jerusalem. Now a crowd of people had heard that Jesus was coming and so they went out to meet Him. Many of them spread their cloaks on the road in front of Him, while others cut branches off trees and spread them in front of Him. And the crowds in front of Him and behind Him were rejoicing and praising God, shouting, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"

But some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, "Teacher, tell your disciples not to say these things." Then Jesus answered, "I tell you, if they were quiet, the stones on the ground would shout it out."

Five days later they had their King killed. Are we like that: shouting for Jesus on Sunday and turning against Him on Friday? After all, He is our King too. He is the King of kings (Rev. 19:18). One day every person will bow before Jesus (Philp. 2:10). But what is most important is: Will we call Him our King now? Will you?

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