A Grand Entry

Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to begin his passion week, traditionally remembered by us as Palm Sunday.  Jesus is traveling with a large crowd of people from Galilee, who believe He is the awaited Messiah.  Like so much of Jesus’ life he is fulfilling prophecy all along the way.
Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’   This fulfills the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9 – “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”   Of course, the powers that be in Israel ignore such prophecies of a humble savior, they have visions of something else for their Messiah, and don’t recognize prophecy being fulfilled.  One thing is for sure, the Galileans he is traveling with recognize it –
Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”   So, Jesus comes into the city with a crowd of Galilean peasants.  But He gets the attention of another crowd – 
And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”   He gets the attention of the crowd who would ultimately call for his death, the crowd inside the whole city of Jerusalem, which he stirred up with arrival on a donkey’s colt.  

What is it with crowds anyway?   Why do we so easily go along with them?  Why are we so easily stirred up?  Why do we turn so quickly and easily?  Why is a crowd so easily manipulated?  Jesus was put to death by Pilate, who knew full well the charges against him were a lie, simply to placate the crowd.   How often does this happen still today that we make decisions en masse, decisions that our leaders make simply to quiet the crowd.  To be honest, I think we the crowd are much more often these days manipulated by the leaders to demand exactly what they want us to demand.  Why don’t we stop and think about Jesus when the crowd is all together crying for vengeance and justice, when we have this everlasting memory of the effects of mob rule.  Instead, why do we simply aim to make sure our crowd is bigger than their crowd?   I don’t know the answers at all, but I just see that we are still whipped into a frenzy over even minor issues.  At least as Christians, shouldn’t we be the light to those masses instead of simply joining in the mob rule?


“Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’” The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭21:1-11‬ ‭ESV

 

John Lewis

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One thought on “A Grand Entry

  1. Unfortunately most people are like sheep and very few take the time to think for themselves.

    Of course us Christians depend upon the true source of wisdom and He is the Holy Spirit.

    I would rather walk alone with Christ to Heaven than follow the crowds to Hell. Joseph- Anthony: Green

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