The King entered Jerusalem – again! He had been there many times. In fact, He was in the city just the night before. But this entrance was unique. A crowd had gathered. A celebratory spirit was filling the air. A song rang out.
“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!'” (Mt. 21:9).
The Son of David had arrived at the City of David! What would He do? What changes would take place? The anticipation was so thick you could cut it with a scribe’s knife. But the scribes missed it. Just about the entire lot of Jewish leaders were blind to what was transpiring.
Matthew explained in his gospel,
“As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him 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 the Daughter of Zion, “See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey”‘” (Mt. 21:1-5).
The pictures and the prophecies were being fulfilled before their very eyes, but they were blind (Mt. 23:16,17). The god of this age had blinded their minds so that they could not see the light of the gospel which is the glory of Christ, who is the image of God (2 Cor. 4:4).
I pray that the same cannot be said of you. My hope is that today finds you rejoicing that the passion week in the life of our Lord began that morning at one of the gates leading into Jerusalem. For without His entrance, there would be no suffering. Without His suffering, there would be no death. Without His death, there would be no resurrection. Without His resurrection, there would be no ascension. Without His ascension, there would be no eternal heir on David’s throne.
Celebrate, Jesus, Celebrate!