Jesus Entered Jerusalem
I’ve seen the Lord. (John 20:18)
Today’s Bible story is a familiar one. Each year on Palm Sunday, we celebrate the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Many of us celebrate the Sunday before Easter by waving palm branches and shouting, “Hosanna!” Luke’s account of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem is the only one of the four Gospels not to mention either palm branches or “Hosannas!” Instead, Luke describes the crowd laying their cloaks on the road before Jesus and saying, “Blessings on the king who comes in the name of the Lord” (Luke 19:38).
Whether palm branches were waved, cloaks were laid down, and shouts of “Hosanna!” were involved, Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was clearly time of celebration. The people were in need of a new leader, and they looked to Jesus to fill that role.
Jesus sent two of his disciples into a town to borrow a colt for him to ride on as he entered Jerusalem. This instruction seems strange to our modern sensibilities. However, at the time of Roman rule, it was not uncommon for Roman soldiers to requisition animal and human labor. Roman soldiers were more likely to requisition a powerful horse rather than a colt that had never been ridden. Even in the borrowing of the donkey, Jesus set himself up as a different kind of leader. Jesus came as a peaceful leader to teach people to love and serve one another. Jesus entered Jerusalem riding humbly on a donkey rather than pompously on a war horse.
• Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem.
• The people welcomed Jesus with shouts of praise.
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