On this Sunday, the Christian Church will recognize Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  We call this day Palm Sunday.  As Jesus entered the city, just one week before He would be crucified, He received a greeting reserved for only a small number of people.  The people in the city laid their cloaks and palm branches before Him.  We know from history that this form of welcome was reserved mainly for royalty.  When Jehu was anointed king over Israel, the people “…took their cloaks and spread them under him on the bare steps.  Then they blew the trumpets and shouted “Jehu is king!” (II Kings 9: 13)

On the occasion of Christ’s triumphal entry in to Jerusalem, He came riding a colt of a donkey.  This was to fulfill the prophesy found in Zechariah 9: 9:  “Rejoice greatly O Daughter of Zion! Shout daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”   As He rode through the city, the people heaped praise upon Him, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Luke 19: 38)  Hearing this, some of the Pharisees were shocked and demanded of Jesus to rebuke His disciples.  Jesus knew the disciples need no rebuke, and instead, Jesus said, “I tell you if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” (Luke 19: 40)

Now, if we go back to the prophesy in Zechariah, we can get a picture of just what kind of king Jesus is.  In verse ten of Zechariah nine, we see that He will be a king of peace.  He will “take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses of Jerusalem, and the battle bows will be broken.  He will proclaim peace to the nations…” When we continue reading this verse, we see that He will be the king for all people, “His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.”  As you read on in Zechariah nine in verse eleven, we see just how He will deliver His people.  “As for you, because of the blood of My covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit.”  We can now go back to that first Palm Sunday.  That day marks the beginning of the Passion Week.  As the week drew to a close, Jesus celebrates Passover with His disciples.  Christians refer to this event as the ‘Last Supper’.  As the evening drew to an end, Jesus took a cup and said, “Drink from it, all of you.  This is My blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sin.  I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in My Father’s kingdom.” (Matthew 26: 27-29)

 


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