Sunday, April 13, 2014

Palm Branches, Cloaks And Donkey Colts For His Coronation

Luke's account of Jesus' Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem, though perhaps understated in some respects, makes it clear that Jesus accepted public acknowledgement that He was Israel's long-awaited King.

28 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’” 32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. 33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37 As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” ~~Luke 19:28-40 (ESV)

Notice in Luke 19:36 that the disciples carpeted the road with their cloaks. Matthew 21:8 adds that the crowd also spread both their cloaks and tree branches on the road to form a royal carpet. And John 12:13 specifies that the branches came from palm trees. Further, the people hailed Jesus as the King Who came as the Lord's anointed Ruler. Many of the Jews obviously recognized His actions that day as a fulfillment of  Messianic prophecy:

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
    Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
    righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
    on a colt, the foal of a donkey. ~~Zechariah 9:9 (ESV)
In celebration of Palm Sunday, I've chosen Chris Tomlin's updated version of  Crown Him With Many Crowns as today's song of praise. As you listen, may you joyfully anticipate His victorious return, when He comes to establish His Kingdom!

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