Last Sunday was Palm Sunday, the day Christians celebrate the Triumphal Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, the week before his death and resurrection.
The Bible reveals that when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the crowds greeted him with waving palm branches, and by covering his path with palm branches and their cloaks. Immediately following this time of celebration he begins his journey to the cross. Some 450-500 years earlier, the Prophet Zechariah had prophesied, "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey” Zechariah 9:9
Matthew 21:7-9 records the fulfillment of that prophecy: "They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!’”
Jesus arrived as a lowly servant on a donkey, not a strutting steed. Jesus came not in royal robes, but in the clothes of the poor and humble. Jesus Christ comes not to conquer by force as earthly kings, but by love, grace, mercy, and His own sacrifice for His people. His is not a kingdom of armies and splendor, but of lowliness and servant hood. He conquers not nations, but hearts and minds. His message is one of permanent peace with God, not a passing peace.
Let me ask you an important question. Has Jesus made a triumphal entry into your heart? As His followers, we are to exhibit those same qualities, so that those around us will see the true King living and reigning in triumph in us.
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