“The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel!” Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written. “
Earlier in the Bible in Zechariah 9:9, it prophesied that the king would come “righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Our verses today beg the question… why a donkey? It is believed that for one, it fulfills the prophesy in the Old Testament (God’s word is always true!), and two, rather than use a horse which was often a symbol of war in Jesus’ time, lowly animals were a symbol of peace. It also connected with the poor at the time that He came to serve and save the oppressed!
Don’t you just love that Jesus was so unpredictable? His ways were so incredibly wise and always had a deep meaning. Nothing that He did on earth was ever without thought or purpose! The verses today show us a God who was and IS a peacemaker. The people expected their King to ride in on a horse and save the day, but He was lowered so we could be lifted, friends! He rode into the city bringing peace.
Enjoy his peace today! It is abundant when we simply ask.