Today is Palm Sunday, the day when Christians throughout the world commemorate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem as Messiah. The account is recorded in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, and in the Gospel of Matthew we find the passage where the people cried out Hosanna and then laid their cloaks and branches from trees on the road ahead of Jesus. The trees from which the branches were cut are presumably palm trees, thus we have Palm Sunday. Today’s post is not about trees though, it is about the manner in which Jesus entered Jerusalem, which is much more important.
“Behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass.” – Zechariah 9:9 KJV
Jesus entered Jerusalem at the beginning of the Passover feast, the Passover itself being a type and shadow of His sacrifice that was to come later in that week. The people were in an uproar for two reasons: 1) those who believed that Jesus was the Messiah were expecting him to come as a natural king; 2) those who did not believe were angry and wanted Jesus dead.
As Jesus entered Jerusalem, he came riding on a donkey, which is the same way in which Solomon entered Jerusalem when he became the next king in the house of David. So the Old Testament prophesies of the Messiah were clear that He would sit on the throne of David forever, and that he would coming with salvation, lowly and riding upon an ass, or donkey. Those who were well versed in the scriptures knew this and recognized that Jesus was making the statement the He was King of the Jews and Savior of the world. Those in power, who did not believe in Jesus, would not stand for this. If you recall in the account they tried to silence the people, but Jesus told them if they would hold their peace that the stones would cry out. In other words, He was telling them that it was God’s doing and that no one could stop it. And even though they crucified him several days later, he proved he was The King on the first day of the coming week when he arose from the grave.
So today, let’s commemorate the coming of our Savior and King, who has come to us having the salvation that we so desperately need. And tomorrow, let’s live in His salvation and grace, keeping Him in the forefront of our lives. By the way, did you notice that today’s Bible quote is a Bible Double?
Here is the entire passage from Zechariah:
“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 an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.” – Zechariah 9:9 KJV
You can read the entire passage from Matthew here.