Jesus Enters Jerusalem on a Donkey

I can imagine what this must have been like. In the early 90’s we took groups of teenagers to Israel. When we attempted to sing, testify, do drama and share the gospel with people on the streets of Jerusalem we were confronted with mobs of orthodox Jews who became very angry … More


Since it was Passover, there were probably about 2 million people in and around Jerusalem. This crowd was composed of Jews who lived in Jerusalem and those from Galilee and the surrounding countryside. Jesus and the disciples were approaching Jerusalem from the east as they came up the road from Jericho (v. 1). As they reached the town of Bethphage on the eastern slopes of the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples ahead to find a donkey and its colt (vv. 2-3). The disciples got the animals and threw their garments on them. By this time a crowd had gathered.

Most of these people were from Galilee, who were already familiar with Jesus, and were on their way to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. The week had finally arrived for which Jesus was born, the week in which He would die on the cross for our sins. This was the only time in His ministry that Jesus actually planned and promoted a public demonstration. He did this for at least two reasons:

1. He was fulfilling the prophecy recorded in (Zech. 9:9) (v. 4).

2. It forced the Jewish leaders to act. The prophetic Scriptures required that the Lamb of God be crucified on the Passover day (vv. 5-7).

The crowd spread their coats and branches on the road (v. 8). They were shouting and the entire city of Jerusalem was stirred (vv. 9-11). Jesus began to drive the money changers out of the temple and the blind and lame came to him to be healed (vv. 12-14) The priests and religious leaders saw His miracles and were indignant (vv. 15-16). He then returned to Bethany to stay over night (v. 17). God feels passionate that His name be honored and that His people be treated well (v. 12). His silence may unnerve us at times, but He overlooks and lets nothing slide.


How do the religious crowd of my day differ from the religious crowd of that day? As I go to church, sing songs, and listen to the preacher am I allowing the Lord to be King of my life?

Matthew 21:1-17 (English Standard Version)

Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord needs them,' and he will send them at once." This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, "Say to the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.'" The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, "Who is this?" And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee." And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you make it a den of robbers." And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant, and they said to him, "Do you hear what these are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read, "'Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise'?" And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.

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