The Good News!
Jesus, the Christ comes into Jerusalem, destined to suffer greatly for all of us. He, remarkably, shows that he was not afraid of the power and malice of his enemies. This, in fact, would encourage his disciples who were full of fear. Also, it shows us that He was not deterred or slowed down at the thoughts of his approaching sufferings.
The way He came into Jerusalem marked his humiliation; and this example teaches us once more not to focus on rank and high goals of man, but to bow to those of low estate. How lofty and sinful it becomes Christians try to put themselves above others, when Christ was so far from doing this!
The gathering crowd welcomed Jesus. Blessed is he that comes! He that should come, so often promised, so long expected; he comes in the name of the Lord. Let him have our best affections; he is a blessed Savior, and brings blessings to us, and blessed be He that sent him. Praises be to our God, who is in the highest heavens, over all, God blessed for ever.
Entering Jerusalem on a Colt
11 1-3 When they were nearing Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany on Mount Olives, he sent off two of the disciples with instructions: “Go to the village across from you. As soon as you enter, you’ll find a colt tethered, one that has never yet been ridden. Untie it and bring it. If anyone asks, ‘What are you doing?’ say, ‘The Master needs him, and will return him right away.’”
4-7 They went and found a colt tied to a door at the street corner and untied it. Some of those standing there said, “What are you doing untying that colt?” The disciples replied exactly as Jesus had instructed them, and the people let them alone. They brought the colt to Jesus, spread their coats on it, and he mounted.
8-10 The people gave him a wonderful welcome, some throwing their coats on the street, others spreading out rushes they had cut in the fields. Running ahead and following after, they were calling out,
Blessed is he who comes in God’s name!
Blessed the coming kingdom of our father David!
Hosanna in highest heaven!
11 He entered Jerusalem, then entered the Temple. He looked around, taking it all in. But by now it was late, so he went back to Bethany with the Twelve.
JESUS ENTERS THE TEMPLE…
He enters the heart of the religiosity of His day on earth. He looks around, taking it all in. It’s late so He goes back with the Twelve to the suburb of Bethany. He is probably overwhelmed with what HIS house of prayer and the hearts of those who enter has become. For we who have read His Story know what happens the next day. See you tomorrow…
Dear Heavenly Father, You teach us a little more each day. You teach us how we need to evaluate our own steps…and repent of the lack of humility, the lack of judgement and those times when we either fall behind You or walk ahead of You. Help us to stay focused this day on being and then doing all that pleases You. May the temple of our hearts, minds, and souls be places of prayer where You abide with us and us with You.
In Jesus Name, Amen