Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem

A week before His crucifixion, Jesus went to Jerusalem. Days before His crucifixion Jesus makes a triumphal entry into Jerusalem upon a colt of donkey. As Jesus and His disciples approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany, He sent two disciples and asked to bring Him a colt tied there( Matthew 11: 1-12). Jesus gave them instructions like He saw everything with His own eyes (Hebrews 4:13, 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.) Just like He had instructed they found the colt untied it with the permission of the owner and brought it to Jesus. A huge crowd followed Jesus. The disciples placed their robes on the colt, Jesus sat on it. Like a king’s grand entry, Jesus made a triumphant entry. This is where the words of prophet Zechariah come true ( Zechariah 9: 9, Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. )

The Lord’s entry into Jerusalem was grand and beautiful. He was not seated on a horse like a king lusting for ultimate power and authority. Rather he looked like a gentle king seated on a colt. We can look upon it as the entry of King Of Kings, and the Ruler of Rulers. During ancient times, princes traveled on mules and kings traveled on white horses or chariots driven by white horses (Judges 5:10, 10 “You who ride on white donkeys, sitting on your saddle blankets, and you who walk along the road, consider…) (1 Kings 1:33, 33 he said to them: “Take your lord’s servants with you and have Solomon my son mount my own mule and take him down to Gihon.) Hence the ride on the colt is meaningful. He is the King of Peace.

A lot of crowd gathered around Jesus. Among them were the twelve apostles and disciples. Those who followed Jesus into Jerusalem including children sang Hosanna. The people not realizing that He really is the king gathered around him singing Hosanna (Matthew 21: 9, The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from trees and spread them on the road. Let us also Hosanna.

Jesus could have made use of horses and chariots for His entry, instead His life and the entry are examples of His humility and meekness. There is no change even when He enters on a colt. He uses an animal which considered dumb and always insulted by humans.. All that a donkey/mule does is to carry people around or the burden that people put upon it. The colt got a blessed opportunity to be part of an important part of the glorious entry of Jesus. He was blessed to be carrying the Son of God, the creator of heaven and earth. Let us pray to the Lord that we may also become His vehicle.

Every year we celebrate this day with zest and fervor. Let’s try to seat Jesus into our hearts and not pass the day with mere celebration and festivity. Today even if a man starves with hunger, there is no stopping His pomp and show if he can. There is lack of respect for morals and principles. Humility is seen as weakness. Pride rules over many people. Man forgets that the journey of life is like a pilgrimage, but rather joins in the rat race to amass wealth and property. Journey loaded with excess baggage is dangerous. Be it wealth or sin, both are dangerous. Instead we should try and apply to our daily lives the simplicity and humility in the birth and life of Jesus, rather than just praising Him from our lips.

The colt was tied down to a post. To be a vehicle for Christ it needed to be untied from the bonds. Jesus had asked the disciples to untie it. Similarly, the Lord who resides in us, asks of us to untie the worldly chains. So dear brothers and sisters, let us untie the chains that bind us and accept and carry Jesus in us, with us. Let us pray together that He may enter our hearts and reside there, guide us and lead us.

AMEN.

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