This week for Christians throughout the world is called Passion Week. As the observance of Lent closed, Sunday is known as Christ’s Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. When one look at the “Triumphal entry” it should be viewed not as a glorious king, but the entrance and coming forth as one who will suffer for humanity.
To look at the four accounts recorded in the Four Gospels: Mt21:1-11; Mk.11-11; Lu 19:29-44; Jn.12:12-19 we can see the writer’s view on this specific event directed to particular groups of people. We have the opportunity to read these accounts and to see a fuller picture of what had happened.
In is widely believed that since the trip to Jerusalem was greater than a Sabbath day’s journey Christ arrived on Friday in Bethany, spent Saturday there and entered Jerusalem that Sunday.
The motivation of this event is the fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9:
“Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” -NIV
He directs two of his disciples to go into the village and there they will find a colt tied. Untied the colt and bring the animal to me and if any man ask why? Say the Lord has need of him. A note here: there are numerous occasions whereby the messenger is directed by God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit, and the way had already been cleared. I believe the Lord will not send you anywhere without preparation already made for you. In has to be, no strange man or woman will depart with something important to a complete stranger unless prior knowledge or information was previously given. On the part of the disciples trust and obedience takes on a critical role.
Interesting no more miracles of healing would be performed this week. From the Monday through Thursday Jesus focuses on discourses and parables to the disciples and all who would listen. In other words, he preached as much as he could before his departure.
So as we look to this Friday, Jesus being lead to Calvary, to die for the sins of humanity, we (believers) can take solace in knowing this has part of the overall plan for Salvation. He died, but on the third day rose again.
I can only pray that you will rejoice with me on Resurrection Sunday of this Blessed Occasion.