Easter week- 2 -“The Triumphal Entry”……….

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Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!  Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your King is coming to you;  He is just and having salvation,
lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt,  the foal of a donkey.”
Zechariah 9 : 9

Five hundred years before Jesus’ birth, the prophet Zechariah foretold His “Triumphal  Entry”
– which took place at Jerusalem the Sunday before the Resurrection.
It was the Passover season- and therefore hundreds of thousands;
of Jews may have been in Jerusalem  at that time.

Jesus came riding on a colt as was the Jewish custom for a royal entry.
This day which seemed to the disciples the crowning day of their lives.
– would have been shadowed with gloom had they known that this rejoicing
was only the beginning of what was to follow- the suffering and death of their Master

Never before had the world seen such an entry procession.
Unlike the processions of an earthly conqueror;
He had no train of trophies made up of chained captives,
but there were the captives of Satan set free by a loving Christ.

The blind who had received their sight
marched behind the resurrected Lazarus- guiding the donkey.
The mute whose tongues had been loosed by the Healer’s power
shouted the loudest ‘hosannas’,
and the restored cripples waved their palm branches- vigorously.

Widows and orphans were exalting the name of Jesus for His works of mercy to them.
Leapers who He had cleansed spread their untainted garments in His path;
and hailed Him as the King of glory.
Those whom His voice had awakened from the sleep of death were in the throng.

The shouts went up continually, “Hosanna to the Son of David;
Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord;
Hosanna in the highest.” 
It meant to them “He has saved us.”

When the Pharisees, jealous of His popularity, complained about this demonstration-
Jesus said-“If these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out”.
{Luke 19:40}

When the procession reached the brow of the hill-
They could see before them Jerusalem, and the Temple came into view,
its marble and gold tinted splendidly by the setting sun.
Jesus halted with the multitude. Its stately grandeur seemingly pointing to heaven.
The Temple had been the pride and glory of the Jewish nation.

Jesus gazes upon the scene – the multitudes hush their shouts.
All eyes turned to the Savior, expecting to see admiration in His face as they felt.
But they were surprised and disappointed to see His eyes fill with tears-
while an anguish wail burst from His quivering lips- as if of a broken heart.

In the confusion of the commotion between priests and the Roman officers-
Jesus unnoticed made His way quietly to the Temple before returning to Bethany-
where He spent the night in prayer.

Today,  I want to pause and reflect on this experience.
A moment of joy for the crowd – hoping that this was their King- but that did not happen
Today, we can rejoice that the “King of Kings’
– has made a triumphal entry into our hearts and lives.

{Quotes from ‘The Desire of Ages”.}

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