On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt. These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.
John 12:12-16 KJV
Today we celebrate this Entry into Jerusalem. The one event that all the Gospels tell, with a difference, Matthew tells us there was two animals, 2 generations that Jesus rode astride them.
This Entry was prophesied by the prophet Zechariah, but is prophetic because it points to a day when Jesus will return. If the religious leaders here are confused how much more in the days ahead when Jesus will return, no longer on a donkey but a white horse. He shall come back with all the robes and apparel of a King, how many will be confused then?
This Entry told by all the Gospels marks a transition from the ministry of preaching the Kingdom and the miracles. Now Jesus is preparing His disciples for His crucifixion. As we see from the narrative those events we will celebrate this week, were soul destroying for them.
In the days to come when Jesus enters our “Jerusalem” will mark a transition, from the Gospel being preached to all nations by His Church to the world being confronted by the King and Judge of all the Earth. Here those who have recognised Him for who He is, will be part of this preparation. We see this return of Jesus as the end, but it is not. It is the beginning of the end of this creation where wickedness and evil shall be finally judged and thrust to the lake of fire for eternity.
Where they brought palm branches and coats to greet Him, crying “Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord “. The priests wanted this greeting to be stopped because it is Messianic, and this man on a donkey confused them. They were expressing their hope that indeed the Messiah would come and deliver them from their sins.
This people who cried out this Messianic hope, are also the same who called for his death in days time. How unreliable are our confessions ! Even today we may have a hope and may even sing “Hosanna” yet because of modern ideologies may “Crucify” Him in our daily living. We need to really understand God’s ways so we can discern what He is doing in our generation.
Indeed the vision of the Messiah was all wrong and His death and resurrection would correct all that. Maybe our vision of Jesus is all wrong and we need to have the same kind of correction, in a different way.
If Jesus is entering our generation today will we recognise Him?
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Very good points made in this essay.