The question is asked: “Why did Jesus ride into Jerusalem on a colt?”
In His humanity, the Lord Jesus no doubt had the same needs that everyone else did — food, clothing, shelter, etc. Interestingly, it appears He only expressed one need in a recorded, verbal conversation. It was the need for a donkey colt to ride on as He entered Jerusalem for that last week before His bitterly cruel death.
For more than three years, Jesus had been walking all over Galilee and Judea — even Samaria. Why would He suddenly need a ride? Matthew tells us why,
“All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, ‘Tell the daughter of Sion, Behold, your King comes unto you, meek, and sitting upon a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Matthew 21:4-5).
This event had been prophesied centuries earlier (Zechariah 9:9). The time had finally come for Jesus to see the prophecy fulfilled. As He entered the Jerusalem, the people took “branches of palm trees (hence the name Palm Sunday). They cried, ‘Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that comes in the name of the Lord’,” (John 12:13). A few days later, however, these same crowds were crying, “Crucify Him” (Luke 23:21).
Palm Sunday this year is March 24. It reminds us of the end of winter and start of spring. Perhaps we can suggest an appropriate metaphor to mark this occasion. That is, as the final blasts of a bitter winter give way to a beautiful and fruitful spring, so this terrible “Passion Week” begins so meekly would shortly be overcome by the glorious resurrection and everlasting life. Christ did this for a world lost in sin. For you. For me.
John 3:16 tells us “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
That’s an opportunity for each one to come to this Christ.
If you have a Bible question write to pastor Lenard Huebscher, 12525 75th St. North, Stillwater, MN, 55082 or phone 651-430-3132. www.stillwaterbaptist.net