• on April 10, 2017

The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: HE is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.” 

Zechariah 9:9

The above prophetic verse about our LORD JESUS CHRIST has been fulfilled as follows.

“And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, HE sendeth forth two of HIS disciples, And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him. And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the LORD hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither. And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him. And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt? And they said unto them even as JESUS had commanded: and they let them go. And they brought the colt to JESUS, and cast their garments on him; and HE sat upon him. And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down 328 ONE GOD !! ONE PEOPLE !! branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way. And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is HE that cometh in the name of the LORD: And JESUS entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when HE had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, HE went out unto Bethany with the twelve.”

St. Mark 11:1-9, 11

‘Hosanna’ means ‘LORD, save’ or ‘please save’ or ‘save now’.

This event is traditionally known as our LORD JESUS CHRIST’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, by riding on a young ass (donkey) or ass’s colt or foal. This ass was the first-born (firstling) ass, redeemed with a lamb, as per the commandment of the LORD GOD in Exodus 13:13. This foal or ass’s colt was an animal that had never borne a burden. It was young and inexperienced. No king of the earth would ride such an untrained ass when he was on a mission of peace. Riding on the colt of an ass marked, the official entry of Israel’s kings. The ass (donkey) was considered as an animal of peace. The prophecy of Zechariah was fulfilled when JESUS made HIS triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

By this triumphal entry, our LORD JESUS officially offered HIMSELF to the world as MESSIAH or CHRIST, the eternal King from heaven. Our LORD JESUS CHRIST arrived in the full declaration of HIS kingship. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!

Now, the kings of the earth came to bring destruction or devastation. But our LORD JESUS CHRIST, the eternal King from heaven came to bring peace upon the earth; HE came to bring peace upon the whole world; HE came to give HIS peace (St. John 14:27). Our LORD JESUS CHRIST is the most glorious heavenly King; HE is the just and the righteous Judge. HE is the Saviour; HE is the lowly or the humble. JESUS’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem by riding on an ass shows HIS great humility. The ass (donkey) was an animal of peace. Our LORD JESUS CHRIST, the most glorious King from heaven came to bring peace to the whole world. To symbolize this also, HE entered into Jerusalem by riding on an ass.

Now, in heaven our LORD JESUS CHRIST who is called Faithful and True has a unique white horse. HE rides on the white horse with a very great speed, greater than the speed of a flash of lightning (Revelation 19:11).

Many people (men, women, babes and sucklings) who followed our LORD JESUS chanted, saying: “Hosanna!” (Psalm 118:25-26; St. Matthew 21:9). To signify the glorious and great victory of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, the heavenly King, the crowds took the branches of palm trees and went out to meet HIM (St. John 12:13). They used both their garments and the palm tree branches to revere and celebrate the humble and lowly King’s coming. All the multitude of the disciples rejoiced and praised GOD with a loud voice for all the mighty works which they had seen (St. Luke 19:37-38).

 

– Sadhu. C. Selva Raj (Appa)

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