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April 9, 2022 8:00 pm
It was Sunday—the day we now call Palm Sunday. Without a doubt, this wasn’t Jesus’ first visit to Jerusalem. As a devout Jew, He would’ve gone to the city every year for the three great feasts (Luke 2:41–42; John 2:13; 5:1). In the past three years, Christ had also ministered and taught in Jerusalem. But this Sunday His coming into the city was radically different.
By riding a young donkey into Jerusalem at a time when thousands of worshipers were coming into the city, Jesus was the center of attention (Matthew 21:9–11). Why would He take the place of prominence before thousands of people when for the past three years He’d deliberately kept a low profile? Why would He accept the people’s proclamation that He was King just five days before His death?
Matthew says that this took place to fulfill a five-hundred-year-old prophecy (Matthew 21:4–5) that God’s chosen king would come into Jerusalem “righteous and victorious, [yet] lowly and riding on a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9; see also Genesis 49:10–11).
This was a truly unusual way for a triumphant king to enter a city. Conquering kings normally rode on mighty stallions. But Jesus wasn’t riding a warhorse. This reveals what kind of King Jesus is. He came in meekness and lowliness. Jesus came not for war, but for peace, establishing peace between God and us (Acts 10:36; Colossians 1:20–21).
Welcome to this Palm Sunday edition of Our Daily Bread are reading titled King on a donkey was written by KT Sim. It was Sunday today we now call Palm Sunday, without a doubt, this wasn't Jesus's first visit to Jerusalem as a devout Jew he would've gone to the city every year for the three great feasts in the past three years Christ had also ministered and taught in Jerusalem, but this Sunday is coming into the city was radically different. By writing a young donkey into Jerusalem at a time when thousands of worshipers were coming into the city. Jesus was the center of attention.
Why would he take the place of prominence before thousands of people when for the past three years he deliberately kept a low profile. Why would he accept the people's proclamation that he was king just five days before his death, Matthew says that this took place to fulfill a four-hundred-year-old prophecy that God's chosen king would come into Jerusalem, righteous and victorious. Yet lowly and riding on a donkey.
This was a truly unusual way for a triumphant king to enter a city conquering kings normally rode on mighty stallions. But Jesus didn't come riding a warhorse. This reveals what kind of King Jesus is.
He came in meekness and loneliness.
Jesus came not for war but for peace, establishing peace between God and us today is Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from Matthew chapter 21 verses one through 11.
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Beth the G on the Mount of olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, go to the village ahead of you, and that once you will find a donkey tied their with her cold by her untied them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away. This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet say to daughter Zion. See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt full of a donkey. The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and place their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on a very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds then 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. When Jesus entered Jerusalem the whole city was stirred and asked who is this the crowds answered, this is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee. Let's pray. Jesus, thank you so much for coming to Jerusalem to reveal your mighty and humble ways fill our hearts with your piece today and help us to trust you no matter what it's in your name we pray. Amen.
Thanks for listening today I'm Stephen. And today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries