Summary: As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives.
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.”
This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said,
“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.’”
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.
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!”
The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered."
Hosanna they cried out! Hosanna in the highest heaven. Hosanna is a word of praise, and excitement, of joy, Jesus is here! God has come! Praise to God in the highest heaven. They called Jesus Hosanna, in the highest heaven. The God of the universe had come in human form, and he was entering His city.
And we find this amazing event, which we call the triumphal entry, in the New Testament, in the Bible.
In the pages of the Bible we find the saga of mankind, our fall into sin, and our redemption, our hope, the coming of Jesus. It’s in all the book. The Bible is the #1 best selling book in human history. The Bible is a historical book, a book of poetry, it includes eye witness accounts, prophecies, letters to churches, and accounts of the creation of all things. The writings in the Bible were written down by people, people who were inspired by the Spirit of God to write down the knowledge and wisdom of God. The writings of the Bible flow together seamlessly, spanning over 3 thousand years. There is no other book like the Bible.
I know that this event, where Jesus road on a donkey into Jerusalem really happened. I know that it was not just some story or myth, but a real historical event. You’ve got Jerusalem, a real place, in a real country that exists today. You can visit Jerusalem and see where Jesus entered the city. You’ve got the Roman empire in control of Jerusalem then. Once again, real historical truth.
We can trust the Bible. Historians trust the Bible. Archaeologists use the Bible to unearth ancient treasures. Scientists have trusted the Bible all the way back to Galileo and Isaac Newton. The body of Christ trusts the word of God as our unquestionable guide to knowing Christ.
In fact we’ve ordered our lives around the historical structure of the Bible. Today is the day that churches traditionally celebrate something called the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. This is the grand entry of Jesus Christ, the savior of the world, God in human form, entering His own city, Jerusalem, which means The City of God. God, entering God’s city. Isn’t that amazing? And the people waved palm branches to celebrate the arrival of Jesus. So that’s why we call it palm Sunday. I have one right here. This is not a palm branch, but it is a branch of some sort. And I’m gonna wave it.
It says in the Old Testament, predicting the triumphal entry, that “The trees will clap their hands.” When Jesus entered Jerusalem, seated on the donkey, they waved palm branches to celebrate. I get chills when I think about the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. This was a revolutionary moment in history. It seems so many times in our society the rich and the powerful control everything that happens. They manufacture evil and keep good people from the lime light, they keep the message of purity and truth down in the pits. And in the same way the Pharisees fought Jesus every step of the way, but Israel was bursting at the seams, and finally the revolution had begun, and Jesus Christ was cheered by the whole city as he triumphantly entered, the king of kings, Satan couldn’t shut down the crowd, they had to cry out in joy for the coming of the messiah into the city of God. It makes your heart sing when the outsider finally achieves victory over the entrenched establishment and moneyed elite.