Today’s Bible Reading:
Jesus’ Triumphant Entry
1 As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. 2 “Go into the village over there,” he said. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will immediately let you take them.”
4 This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said,
5 “Tell the people of Jerusalem,*
‘Look, your King is coming to you.
He is humble, riding on a donkey—
riding on a donkey’s colt.’ ”*
6 The two disciples did as Jesus commanded. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it.*
8 Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting,
“Praise God* for the Son of David!
Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD!
Praise God in highest heaven!”*
10 The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. “Who is this?” they asked.
11 And the crowds replied, “It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Mt 21:1–11). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.
Verse of the day:
Illustration – Life of Jesus Passion Week (pg. 1):
[Photo source: Hubbard, S., Ritzema, E., Watkins, C., & Wentz, L. with Logos Bible Software and KarBel Media. (2012). Faithlife Study Bible Infographics. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.]
Illustration – The Passion Week Map (click to enlarge):
[Photo Source: Logos Bible Software]
Today is the start of our Lent Bible Study plan and we’re learning about the Triumphant Entry of Jesus Christ into the city of Jerusalem.
Jesus starts by giving specific instructions to 2 of the disciples to go ahead of the others and get the donkey. The donkey is important here because it tells us that there was a prophecy that this exact moment would happen – it came from Zechariah 9:9 –
Zion’s Coming King
9 Rejoice, O people of Zion!*
Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem!
Look, your king is coming to you.
He is righteous and victorious,*
yet he is humble, riding on a donkey—
riding on a donkey’s colt.
Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Zec 9:9). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.
I felt that this reference to the prophecy was one of the most important items in our reading for today. Our human nature would never place those three words together: King, Humble, Donkey.
This is why Jesus was so very different.
Next it says that the 2 disciples did as Jesus commanded. They didn’t argue, they didn’t reason with him to get another kind of animal, they didn’t wait until they felt like it. They just did it.
Have you ever been there and felt as though Jesus was commanding you to go and do? And what do we do? We linger. We make excuses. We don’t DO.
Jesus comes riding into the city – unlike anyone would expect. Yet, those that know Him treat Him with the royal fanfare, regardless. And those that don’t know Him create an uproar.
What do you think it felt like to be in that crowd? No one there could comprehend or imagine the events that would happen in the days to come – even though Jesus tried to prepare His disciples over and over of what was to come.
This was in fact the first time that Jesus was publicly recognized as the King and Messiah that they had been waiting for. Prior to this event, we find Jesus telling His disciples and those around them to be quiet and tell no one of what has happened when He performed miracles. But, at this time and place Jesus is finally recognized for who He is – the long awaited Messiah, the Son of David, the one that would deliver them!
Jesus didn’t enter the main scene as high and mighty.
He is our King – humble and on a donkey.
As I loaded the Bible App 40 Days of Lent plan today, it started the plan on Saturday, Feb 14 – BUT, it is not giving every Sunday as the day off…it is showing every Wednesday as the day off!
I guess that we were supposed to start on a Wednesday (the true day you start celebrating Lent).
My apologies, friends. There is no way to make the app change the days off if we start today.
I suggest we do this:
– Continue our study as planned and adjust our days off to Wednesdays (a little weird, but would keep our dates the same and be less confusing if you are using the app).
If you have another idea or would prefer something else, please comment below.