Jesus’ Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem

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Understanding
The scene now shifts from a quiet dinner in Bethany to a noisy  parade in Jerusalem (v. 12). Thousands of Galilean pilgrims had come to the Passover, and they had seen many of Jesus’ mighty works. These people were expecting Christ to establish David’s kingdom. Waving palm branches they were shouting, “Hosanna” (v. 13). Jesus came riding into the city on a young donkey which fulfilled Zechariah’s prophecy (vv. 14-15). The donkey was used in the Old Testament by kings who were bringing peace while the horse was used when the kings rode into battle. The size of the crowd kept increasing. Many who proclaimed Jesus as King of Israel did so because of His miracles.

Even though the disciples were close to Jesus and the participants of these events, they did not understand them (v. 16). It was not until after the ascension  and the coming of the Holy Spirit, who called these things to their remembrance that they understood (14:26). A crowd had come to meet Jesus because they had seen him call Lazarus out of the tomb (vv. 17- 18. They kept talking about him and this miracle. But the Pharisees said to each other, “There is nothing that can be done! Everyone in the world is following Jesus.” Because of this mass reception of Jesus by the people, it was impossible for the Pharisees to carry out their plans to arrest Him and kill Him. They knew that if they did it during the feast the people might riot (Mark 14:1-2). Because of the large crowd and excitement these religious rulers concluded that, “The whole world is gone after Him” (v.19). Of course, this was not true as most of these people did not really believe in Jesus.

Application

It is easy for me to think that a large crowd or a large church is an evidence of the Lord’s blessing.  This is not necessarily true. I can get caught up in the enthusiastic spirit of a large crowd but it is only my relationship with Jesus Christ and what He says in His Word that really counts.

John 12:12-19 (English Standard Version)

The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!" And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, "Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt!" His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. So the Pharisees said to one another, "You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him."

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