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#179 Finally a King!

Five hundred years before Jesus, Zechariah prophesied that Messiah would enter Jerusalem riding the never-ridden foal of a donkey.*

It’s Sunday, the day after Simon’s feast, and many of the people from Jerusalem who had come to Bethany to see Jesus, accompany him now. He had sent two disciples to borrow a donkey and its colt, and now with excitement they put their cloaks on the young donkey’s back for Jesus to ride. Finally he is going to enter the capital and proclaim himself king! is in everyone’s minds.

Even nature seems in a rejoicing mood. New leaves are on the trees. Spring’s blossoms are everywhere. New life and joy fill the air. Crowds, on their way to Jerusalem for Passover, join the procession.

As soon as he’s seated on the colt, in the tradition of the kings of Israel, a shout of triumph rings out. Lazarus leads the donkey, while the people honor Jesus by putting garments in his path or cutting palm and olive branches to wave in the air or lay as a carpet before him.

“Hosanna to the Son of David” bursts out and echoes from surrounding hills as people hear and come shouting and singing from everywhere, even Jerusalem. His entourage swells continually as they progress. Those healed by Jesus are eager to join this celebration.

The priests blow the trumpet for the evening service but few respond, and in terror the rabbis say, “The world has gone after him.”

Matthew 21:1-11,  Mark 11:1-10,  Luke 19:29-38   *Zechariah 9:9

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