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The Triumphal Entry!

When they approached Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and told them, "Go into the village ahead of you. As soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, 'Why are you doing this?' say, 'The Lord needs it and will send it back here right away. Mark 11:1-4

Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem happened one week prior to his crucifixion and death. It was a significant event where Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a colt, one that had never been ridden before.

Jesus’ purpose in riding into Jerusalem was to make public that He’s both Messiah and King in fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy  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.” 

"So they went and found a colt outside in the street, tied by a door. They untied it, and some of those standing there said to them, "What are you doing, untying the colt?" They answered them just as Jesus had said; so they let them go. They brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and he sat on it. Many people spread their clothes on the road, and others spread leafy branches cut from the fields."

So Jesus rides into Jerusalem, the royal city, and like a king He ascends to His palace, not a temporal palace but the spiritual palace that is the temple. He receives the worship and praise of the people because only He deserves it. The spreading of cloaks was an act of homage for royalty. Jesus was openly declaring to the people that He was their King and the Messiah they had been waiting for. 

"Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted: Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest heaven! He went into Jerusalem and into the temple. After looking around at everything, since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve."

Jesus Christ comes with love, grace, mercy, and His own sacrifice for His people. He made a triumphal entry into our hearts, He reigns there in peace and love. As His followers, know that the Lord needs you, he needs to get you untied,  to exhibit those same qualities, and the world should see the true King living and reigning in triumph in us.

God bless you,
Laurence 
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