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Summary: Who is this man riding upon the colt supposed to be...a political candidate or the Messiah?

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PARADES HAVE LONG BEEN USED AS CELEBRATIONS OF GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS. IN AMERICAN HISTORY, THE GREATEST PARADES FOCUSED ON PEOPLE SUCH AS PILOT CHARLES LINDBERGH, THE APOLLO 11 ASTRONAUTS, WAR HEROES AND EVEN SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS.

TICKER-TAPE SHOWERS, MARCHING BANDS AND ADORING CROWDS MARKED THE CELEBRATIONS AS THE CELEBRITIES PASSED IN REVIEW.

BUT THE GREATEST PARADE OF ALL TIME WAS QUITE DIFFERENT. IT HAPPENED IN JERUSALEM 2,000 YEARS AGO. IT WAS A SIMPLE ONE-MAN DONKEY RIDE. INSTEAD OF TICKER TAPE, THE PARADE ROUTE WAS LINED WITH GARMENTS AND PALM BRANCHES.

PERHAPS THE MOST REMARKABLE ELEMENT OF JESUS’ RIDE INTO THE HOLY CITY WAS ITS PROPHETIC SIGNIFICANCE. JESUS’ TRIUMPHAL ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM HAD BEEN RECORDED LONG BEFORE IT EVEN HAPPENED.

IN ZECHARIAH 9:9, THE PROPHET DESCRIBED THE SCENE THAT WOULD UNFOLD MORE THAN 500 YEARS LATER. HE WROTE, “REJOICE GREATLY, O MY PEOPLE! SHOUT WITH JOY! FOR LOOK – YOUR KING IS COMING! HE IS THE RIGHTEOUS ONE, THE VICTOR! YET HE IS LOWLY, RIDING ON A DONKEY’S COLT.”

WHEN JESUS RODE THAT DONKEY INTO JERUSALEM, FULFILLING PROPHECY AS HE WENT, HE WAS GIVING US ONE MORE REASON TO SHOUT, "HOSANNA!"

HE INDEED WAS, AND IS, THE PROMISED MESSIAH…OR WAS HE? DID THIS THOUGHT EVEN CROSS THE MINDS OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO WERE CAUGHT UP IN A FRENZY OVER JESUS? ALTHOUGH THE PEOPLE MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN FOR SURE, THE PHARISEES DEFINITELY KNEW.

THE PHARISEES HAD BEEN DOING EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER TO SILENCE THE VOICES OF THOSE WHO DARED TO CRY “HOSANNA TO THE SON OF DAVID” BUT IT WAS TOO LATE. THE PHARISEES WERE POWERLESS THIS DAY!

JESUS HAS ENTERED THE CITY GATES OF JERUSALEM, HUMBLY SEATED UPON A LOWLY BEAST OF BURDEN. LIKE THE RUMBLE OF AN EARTHQUAKE THE CITY SHAKES AT ITS FOUNDATIONS WITH THE SHOUTS OF ACCLAMATION FOR THE MESSIANIC KING OF DAVID’S LINEAGE. IT IS NO SECRET ANY LONGER – JESUS CHRIST IS THE MESSIAH!

WITH PROPHECY BEING FULFILLED BEFORE THEIR EYES, THEIR MINDS DIDN’T GRASP THE FULL MEANING OF WHAT THIS FESTIVE ATMOSPHERE WAS REALLY ALL ABOUT. TO THEM THE MAN UPON THE COLT WAS JUST A MAN UPON A COLT. “WHO IS THIS,” THEY SHOUTED!

THEIR THOUGHTS CONCERNING THE MESSIANIC KING, THE SON OF DAVID, WERE DOMINATED BY IDEAS OF POWER, GLORY, VICTORY OF OVERTHROWING THE ROMAN AUTHORITIES AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NATIONAL AND POLITICAL KINGDOM.

LIKE BEING UNABLE TO SEE THE FOREST FOR ALL THE TREES, THE PEOPLE DIDN’T SEE THEIR MESSIAH-SAVIOR BECAUSE THEY WERE LOOKING FOR A MESSIAH-KING. A MIGHTY GOVERNMENTAL REPRESENTATIVE AND FEARLESS WARRIOR UPON A STALLION WITH THE THIRST FOR VICTORY.

INSTEAD, TO THEIR DISMAY AND CONFUSION THEY BEHELD A HUMBLE, SERVANT-LOOKING MAN, RIDING UPON A DONKEY’S COLT. THIS MEEK-LOOKING OUTWARD APPEARANCE STIRRED THE PEOPLE INTO A COMMOTION.

SOME WERE SHOUTING THE CRY OF “HOSANNA" WHICH MEANS "SAVE US NOW" BECAUSE THEY WANTED POLITICAL SALVATION FROM ROME. BUT THAT’S NOT WHAT JESUS MEANT!

JESUS WANTED TO OFFER THEM SPIRITUAL SALVATION. JESUS CAME RIDING ON A DONKEY AS IF TO SAY, "HERE I AM, THE LAMB OF GOD, ON MY WAY TO THE THRONE BY WAY OF THE CROSS. WILL YOU CHOOSE ME AS YOUR LAMB, AS YOUR SACRIFICE, AND THROUGH THAT SACRIFICE, AS YOUR KING?"


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