And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,
Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.
And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.
All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,
Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,
And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.
And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.
And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?
And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.
– Matthew 21-1-11
Today is marked in many Christian denominations as Palm Sunday – the beginning of the last seven days of the earthly ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. These seven days before Easter are also observed as Passion Week, a period for sober reflections on the gravity of suffering the Lord went through in order to bring redemption to man.
Early in today’s passage, Jesus instructed His disciples, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”
The first lesson from this passage is that God is constantly at work in His people both to will and to do of His own good pleasure. If you are in the will of God, whatever task He assigns to you, He prepares people ahead of you to help in the performance of that task.
Jesus knew what He was coming into the city to face, yet He rode into the city triumphantly, riding on the colt. The people spread their clothes and palm leaves for Him to ride upon. “Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9).
Jesus is worthy of all the honor; glory and adoration you can ever shower upon Him. In this week of sober reflection, do all you can to deepen your bond with Him.
- Worship, adore and magnify the Lord.
- Pray for missionaries in far and near stations.
- Pray for fresh zeal for service in your life and church.
CONFESSION: You deserve all glory, my Lord and King. I worship you now and forever.