When Jesus and the Disciples were getting close to Bethany and Bethphage, Jesus asked two disciples to go into the village. He gave them specific instructions –
Go to the village, find a specific colt 1
One that no one has ever sat upon. 2
They were told to unleash it.
Then told what to say when questioned.
And then once they had the colt in hand,
To take it to Jesus.
All happened exactly as Jesus predicted!
Then Jesus rode the colt to Jerusalem 3,4
A few authors believe that Jesus had prearranged this meeting but the majority insist this was the beginning of Jesus showing his true authority as Christ, the Messiah.
Usually Jesus discouraged the people from calling out that he was the Messiah but on this special day, He is finally able to reveal in openness, his true identity.
The following scripture was a foreshadowing of the event that would happen 500 years after it was written. Jesus fulfilled this prophecy.
Jesus, will present himself as King to Jerusalem while riding a colt.1
The people of Israel will be rejoicing.
Jews of Jerusalem will see their King has arrived.
They will be shouting in triumph.
Their King has come.
He is just.
He offers salvation.
He comes lowly.
He comes riding an ass (the colt of an ass) 3,4
The people of Israel had been waiting for their “King” to arrive and now the Messiah of Jerusalem had come. They expected Jesus to take over, as the new and mighty King they longed for.
The Triumphal Entry
Mark 11:7 tells us that clothes were thrown onto the colt and Jesus was placed upon them. He began his Triumphal Entry towards Jerusalem.
People then, were spreading their clothes and palm leaves on the ground for Jesus to travel over. They cried out their praises “blessed is the Kingdom of our father David that comes in the name of the Lord” as they followed him into Jerusalem and to the Temple.
At this point in scripture, Matthew and John give accounts of Jesus’ Triumphal Entry ending and leading us directly into the Temple where Jesus starts condemning the people for misusing his Father’s house. For my post today, I specifically used the Gospel of Mark because in verse 11, Mark records different details of Jesus arriving at the temple.
And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked around about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.
Mark writes that once they arrive at the Temple, it was evening and all of the activities were finished for the day and the place was empty!
So Jesus turned around and went back to Bethany for the night.
Can you imagine! All the buildup and excitement of their King finally coming to take the throne and what happened? Nothing!
It must have been such a shock and let down for the people. Jesus did nothing! He just turned around and headed back to Bethany with his disciples!
I’ve often wondered why the people turned on Jesus so quickly. I can see now that they probably felt cheated and humiliated at being taken in by what they thought was a fraud and feeling that they had been deceived by Him. I would assume they told others and insisted that he was not the King they were waiting for.
Most authors seem to agree that Matthew and John didn’t record the end of that particular night but went straight into Jesus’ cleansing of the Temple the following evening.
Jesus wasn’t surprised by the people’s reactions. He knew everything that would be taking place and was prepared for all of it. Everything had to occur the way planned, so that victory of life, through Jesus, could prevail.
I now have a better understanding why the people’s love changed to hate so quickly and why they called out for Jesus’ crucifixion!
1 The young male of a donkey/ass is called a colt.
2 It doesn’t matter that the colt had never been ridden before and may be hard to control, Jesus is Lord over all.
3 This is the first time we hear of Jesus riding an animal. He walked everywhere.
4 When coming in peace, royalty would enter a city riding a colt or a donkey. The opposite would occur when someone entered riding a stallion. People would immediately understand that the rider was mighty and meant business.
God of all creation, blessed be your name,
Thank you Father for sending your only Son so we can be forgiven of our sins. The verses of Mark, tell that The Triumphal Entry was the first day that Jesus allowed people to see and know of his true identity. The people became excited and began to praise him as the King he is. It must have began as such a glorious day!
However, it didn’t last. By the evening the people were turning against him. Jesus knew this would happen as it was all part of the plan that needed to take place. Jesus had to be hated and crucified so that he could offer redemption for all people.
While reading these passages, my heart breaks knowing the day of his Triumphant Entry was just the beginning of a long, painful, horrific week for Jesus.
Thank you Father for sending angels to give him the strength he needed to accomplish what had to be done. Thank you for sending Jesus to us and for the sacrifices he made. Thank you that although he needed to present himself as a lowly, loving man, the second coming will be much different. He will come riding a stallion and will be filled with might, strength and power. Then rejoicing and praises will last forever and Jesus will be King evermore.
May we always sing praises and give you glory, while waiting for your return.
In the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, I pray.