READ ABOUT IT: Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19
SEEING THE BIG PICTURE:
It was time for the Passover. Many Israelites traveled to Jerusalem to remember how God had rescued His people from slavery in Egypt. Jesus and His disciples also traveled to Jerusalem. Before they reached the city, Jesus sent two of His disciples ahead into a village. He told them where they would find a young donkey, one that had never been ridden. They were to bring it to Him.
Jesus rode that young donkey into Jerusalem. Crowds gathered around Him. They cut palm branches and laid them on the road before Him. Others laid down their robes before Him. They cheered and praised God for their new King as He rode by. Everything happened exactly as the prophets Isaiah and Zechariah had said it would--hundreds and hundreds of years before!
Q: Who did the people say Jesus was?
A: They said He was the King who comes in the name of the Lord.
During Jesus' triumphal entry, the people welcomed Him as King. Jesus was the Messiah spoke about by the prophet Zechariah: "Look, your King is coming to you; He is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey" (Zechariah 9:9).
Jesus, you came to triumphantly defeat sin, death and the grave. Give us peace this week as we remember your last days that mean so much for us and our salvation. In Your name, amen.
This week's devotion is taken from the Big Picture Interactive Bible (p.1083).