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When Jesus neared Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives, He instructed two of his disciples to go ahead to the village and untie a donkey with a colt and bring them to Him.
The instructions were precise. ‘Go to the village ahead. You will find a donkey. Its colt is tied alongside. Untie it. Bring them to me. If they ask you where you are taking it, tell them ‘the Master is in need of it’
How would they know which Master unless it was announced to them in advance?
What transpired that day, as narrated in Mathew 21 is what we now call as ‘The story of Palm Sunday’.
Palm Sunday had already been prophesied by the Prophet Zechariah as recorded in the Old Testament thousands of years before. It reveals to us that God’s plan to send Jesus was not a last minute decision, it was a clearly designed, precise and time bound plan. A closer study of the life of Jesus would make it seem like everything that Jesus did, His every action, His every Word was carefully and deliberately orchestrated to divinely save, heal and to bless us. On Palm Sunday, God’s divinely ordained plan was so uniquely executed that the King of Kings did not enter Jerusalem riding on a horse or a chariot. Instead, by making His entry on a donkey, Jesus was implying that even the simplest and the poorest could reach out and relate to God the Father. He was perhaps trying to say, as a representative of God the Father, I am not coming as a King to rule; I am coming as a King to serve.
On Palm Sunday, the disciples threw garments on the donkey and Jesus sat on it. The people also threw their clothes along the way and the crowd laid palm leaves and branches as a welcome mat to honor Jesus. The crowd shouted out and cheered ‘Hosanna – Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord’
This was the way Jesus made his entry into the temple of God.
The entire city of Jerusalem was stirred up.
‘Who is this?’ They asked.
“It’s Jesus – the Prophet from Nazareth’ some answered.
Once Jesus went inside the temple, there was a sudden commotion, an outburst of anger and demonstration of violence. Surprisingly it was Jesus violently throwing down and overturning the tables of the money lenders and dismantling the shops and stalls of those doing business in the house of God.
‘This house was designated to be a place of prayer and not business’ Jesus thundered. Then the blind and the lame came to Him and He healed them right there, in the temple.
The religious leaders, lost in their traditional and orthodox thinking were angered. They couldn’t stand to see the miracles and children shouting praises, the religious leaders fumed with rage and contempt. Jesus remained calm and reminded them that it is written in the scriptures that praises to God will be made even by little children.
Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Zachariah 9:9 NIV
Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’[ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’[f
Mathew 21:12 NIV