We’ve thought about it possibly hundreds of times. Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a Donkey. We get excited about the palm branches, the people laying their coats down on street for the donkey to walk on. We want to shout along with those who had seen the miracles “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.”
And we should be excited about that for it was a tremendous event.
But it was also sad. Yes, for the obvious reason – Jesus was beginning his final descent into Jerusalem. The fasten seatbelt sign was on because things were going to get rough.
But that’s not the only reason it was sad. It was sad because there were people there who just didn’t and wouldn’t ever get it. During this celebration, “Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” In other words – tell your followers to stop celebrating you as the king who comes in the name of the Lord. The people who should have known all the scriptures to know that this was indeed the Messiah, are the ones who missed him in the greatest way.
In fact, we see Jesus weep for Jerusalem because they couldn’t see who He was and that He came for them. They did not recognize a visit from God himself.
The Triumphal Entry
28 After Jesus had said this, he continued on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 Now when he approached Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, 30 telling them, “Go to the village ahead of you. When you enter it, you will find a colt tied there that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” 32 So those who were sent ahead found it exactly as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying that colt?” 34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.” 35 Then they brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt, and had Jesus get on it. 36 As he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37 As he approached the road leading down from the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen: 38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 But some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if they keep silent, the very stones will cry out!”
Jesus Weeps for Jerusalem under Judgment
41 Now when Jesus approached and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “If you had only known on this day, even you, the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and surround you and close in on you from every side. 44 They will demolish you—you and your children within your walls—and they will not leave within you one stone on top of another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”
Cleansing the Temple
45 Then Jesus entered the temple courts and began to drive out those who were selling things there, 46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house will be a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of robbers!”
God help us to always be aware of the work you are doing. Keep us from growing complacent and apathetic in our faith. Keep our relationship with you alive and well. Help us to see you and to show you to the world. Thank you for coming for us! Glory to God in the Highest!