I’ve always been a huge music fan. Back home in Norfolk, VA there’s a very popular venue called "The Norva" that has hosted many famous bands. My friends and I loved going to see some of our favorite bands play there. Typically there were a couple of opening bands that performed before the main act. To be honest, they weren't very popular. They definitely didn't have all the nice gear. They didn't have amazing lights and sound. Some were good and some were bad. But we waited and waited just to see our favorite band. And we knew when they came on it was time to rock and roll. The beautiful instruments, the flashy lights, the amazing sound! When it was time for them to finally perform, the lights went down, the band started to walk on stage and before the lights even came back on hundreds of people start yelling and cheering and shouting praises to the main act! It was so exciting.
I can only imagine something similar happening when Jesus makes his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a donkey. A donkey? Wait, the King, everyone has been talking about, the one who is supposed to come and bring salvation to the whole world came riding in on a donkey? The one all the prophets spoke about in the Old Testament? Yes, this amazing King was also a humble King and we read more about Him in Luke 19. He comes riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. He was a king who wasn't looking for attention with his flashy clothes or a fancy chariot. The amazing thing is his noble steed’s lack of luster didn't stop Jesus’ followers from shouting praises to him as he rode into Jerusalem. Luke 19:37 says, “When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen.” The next time you see a famous band perform live at a concert or on TV, take a minute to lift your hands to the heavens and praise Jesus for all the incredible things He’s done, remembering that He made his “grand entrance” on a donkey!
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for being the image of humility, for not wanting the attention of men but instead wanting our hearts. Jesus, You set the bar high when it comes to becoming less so that Your father will become greater. Help us to take time in our busy schedules and lives to stop and shout praises to You for Your amazing works. Thank You for riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, filtering out the ones who really loved You for You. We pray these things in Jesus’ name, amen.
After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”
Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”
They replied, “The Lord needs it.”
They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”