Today is Palm Sunday
Our Lord’s triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem on a donkey’s back.
This was to fulfill a prophecy of the prophet Zechariah foretold around 530 BC.
Luke’s Gospel tells us that the Lord had come to Mount of Olives and sent two disciples to fetch the colt to ride on it to fulfil a prophecy of Zech 9:9
It was the beginning of the Lord’s last week on earth among His disciples.
The plan of God for the salvation of humankind was being fulfilled and completed.
This event is recorded in all the 4 Gospel accounts.
If we captured all the events that lead to this Triumphal Entry, we can summarize this way:
The Lord came to Lazarus house at Bethany 6 days before the Passover Festival.
Bethany is 2 miles from Jerusalem and it is between Jericho and Jerusalem.
Until this moment the Lord was performing miracles at every place.
The day before HIS departure to Jerusalem, the Lord was anointed by Mary at Lazarus house in Bethany.
Great crowds were following the Lord all the way from Jericho through Bethany – theses people witnessed some amazing miracles performed by Lord Jesus.
They saw Blind beggar being healed and calling the Lord, ‘Son of David’.
They saw dead man Lazarus was brought to life and was walking in the crowd.
A huge crowd welcomed HIM by spreading their own clothes on the road - some cut fresh branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
Jerusalem city was buzzing with tourists from all over the world for the Passover festival.
On this day the Jews remember their freedom from 400 years of Egyptian bondage.
More than 2 million people came to worship at the Temple for the Passover Festival.
2-3 hundred thousand animals like sheep, goats, and doves were also there for sacrifice.
Tensions were very high on that day in Jerusalem city
9 The crowds that went ahead of HIM and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is HE who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
Hosanna means ‘Praise’ and ‘save now’.
10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
Probably they had no knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ – never heard HIS name – never heard about the miracles HE performed – never heard of HIS teaching.
11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
That was an interesting answer from the crowds.
The crowds know HIS Name and where HE comes from – and also consider HIM to be a prophet
Prophet always had a special place in Jewish history
Especially at the time of Passover Festival, it would be a great honor to meet a prophet.
But some in the crowd know HIM more than prophet.
Peter one in that crowd confessed that HE is the Christ, the son of Living God.
Many today ask us the same question “who is this?”
Every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ knows HIM to be more than prophet.
We have an intimate knowledge and relationship with LORD JESUS because HE is my Savior and your Savior.
HE died for our sins, rose again on the 3rd day, and HE is alive today in every heart of a believer.
But many do not know Jesus because some still think HE was a good man or a prophet.
HE is the living Savior –HE saves people from their sins – HE gave HIS life and shed HIS blood as a onetime payment for all of our sins – HE is the only way to know God.
Whoever accepts the free gift of salvation by faith will be saved from their sins.
Is Jesus just a prophet or more than prophet? Who is HE?
What is your answer, my friend?