The time has finally come for Jesus to make His way towards Jerusalem. Approaching the city, He sends ahead for a donkey, with her foal, tied to a gate. Did you ever wonder why He ordered both the donkey and her foal to be brought to Him? According to Jewish custom when a Judge was going to hold court, he rode on a donkey and had his son alongside him on the colt. In the Matthew account, Jesus decides not to ride on the donkey, where the Judge would have been, but on the colt. What a powerful visual symbol. Then recall Jesus' words in John 12:47: "...I do not come to judge the world, but to save the world."
The crowds are unusually noisy and celebratory as Jesus makes His way through the Sheep Gate and into Jerusalem. The crowds ask, " Who is this man?” the most important question they, and also we, will ever have to answer. Why so much enthusiastic welcome on Sunday, and, just days later, angry shouts of, “Crucify him! Crucify him!"
But why had the crowds turned so quickly from adulation to rejection and murder? Had Jesus reduced His flow of people-pleasing miracles, such that the crowds forgot about what He had said and done, and just lusted for more self-satisfaction? What are our own individual motives for embracing and praising the Lord Jesus? Our challenge is to be faithful and consistent in our worship of Him because of who He is. Let's not be a people who worship and praise Him on Sunday but murmur, complain, and even deny Him on Monday.
Pierre Biscaye, PBC Home Group Leader
Pierre has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. He was a friend to my father when I was of pre-school age. He was my Sunday school teacher at times when I was in elementary school. I have observed his life and love for the Lord across decades and am honored to post his meditations on the triumphal entry here. This meditation comes from Pascack Bible Church's 47 day prayer guide.
Here is the passage from the NASB:
When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
“SAY TO THE DAUGHTER OF ZION,
‘BEHOLD YOUR KING IS COMING TO YOU,
GENTLE, AND MOUNTED ON A DONKEY,
EVEN ON A COLT, THE FOAL OF A BEAST OF BURDEN.’”
The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats. Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting,
“Hosanna to the Son of David;
BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD;
Hosanna in the highest!”
When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.”
- Matthew 21:1-11 NASB