The Triumphal Entry
Luke 19: 28-48- A brief overview of the Triumphal entry.
Palm Sunday, the day that we remember the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, begins the Holy Week. About five days before His Crucifiction and a week before His Resurrection, Jesus entered into the city on a donkey in fulfiiment of Zechariah 9:9:
Zechariah 9:9- Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
1. Jesus came to bring peace.
Jesus did not come into the city to liberate His people from Roman oppression, otherwise He would have ridden in on a white horse with His armies following. Jesus came to bring peace to the city. He came riding on an ass, a symbol of peace. Jesus came the first time to save His people from their sins, He will not return as the Mighty Warrior until His Second Coming. In this way we know that even though we live in a world of turmoil, we can have peace. Peace of heart is something that Jesus gives us, and no one can take it away from us. Jesus brings us peace through the blood of the Cross.
2. The praises of the people.
Many of the same people who shouted and sang for joy at Jesus' arrival would be calling out "Crucify Him!" a few days later. Some were following Him because of the signs and wonders, or because they thought He was coming to take His place as an earthly King, or because He was the hot topic. They did not understand that He was literally coming to die for their sins, so that they could be made free from sin and death.
Yet others did truly love Him.
Do you follow Jesus because you love Him or do you seek to follow Him from ulterior motives? Nothing is concealed from Him, for He knows all men, and He knows what is in man. ( John 2:24*25)
3. Jesus weeps for the people.
Jesus wept for the beloved city of Jerusalem because many did not recognize their hour of visitation, for the things that could bring them peace were hidden from their eyes. How He loved them, yet they did not understand.
4. The cleansing of the temple.
The following day, Jesus came to the temple and began driving out the greedy and dishonest money changers and sellers and buyers, because they were turning God's house into a marketplace. They were turning the worship of God into a moneymaking scheme. Jesus came as a purifier, but to His adversaries, this act was just another reason to crucify Him.
Malachi 3: 1-2
Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosannah!
1 John 1:7- But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
2 Corinthians 7:1- Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.