Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”
And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.
Comment: By reading the other three biblical gospel recordings of the life of Jesus we realize that this is but a brief and incomplete record of the 30 plus years of Jesus on this earth and the three years of His ministry as a Rabbi. It is profitable to think of the four records together but my job is to comment ‘as-i-read-it’! Note the following…
- After a long time journeying to Jerusalem Jesus finally arrives there.
- Whether from previous undisclosed conversations and planning or because He, as God, knew more than was obvious to normal people Jesus was able to give instructions to His disciples which allowed Him to get on with His planned entry into the city.
- It was a short trip during which He was acclaimed and praised in words which acknowledged Him as the Messiah from God, the promised descendant of David who was heading as they saw it to sit as king of Israel in Jerusalem.
- He was not a proud king riding on a majestic white stallion, but a humble one riding on a borrowed donkey.
As we look back they were correct in their acclamation as to Who He was, but they had an only partially true concept, and in at least one sense wrong concept, of what the Messiah was meant to do. He was correctly labelled king but he was One who had to die before He could reign. Pilate labelled Him ‘the King of the Jews’, and yet we are left to question how compete is His reign at the moment. What do you think?
Prayer: Help us to worship in the true knowledge of Who You are, Lord Jesus.