What plans would you be making, if you knew that within a few days you would no longer be living a physical life on this earth? Now let us look carefully at a master planner as he carefully plans the last few hours of his life. He leaves no stone unturned, every detail is carefully thought out, something that we all should take notice of when making any plans for our own lives.
This is how the story goes: “1WHEN THEY were getting near to Jerusalem, to Bethpage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, He sent ahead two of His disciples 2And instructed them, “Go into the village in front of you, and as soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied, which has never been ridden by anyone; unfasten it and bring it [here].”
What an amazing bold move this master planner makes. I say bold move because he tailored made the specification that this should be a colt that has never been ridden, and he instructed his team to just walk in untie the animal and just take it. Can you imagine a stranger coming into your city today, while you are at the mall shopping unlocking your car door, jumping in and preparing to drive off? This scene would amount to carjacking and you would be calling 911 and then doing everything within your powers to prevent your car from being taken.
Now listen to how this master planner instructs his team to deal with the situation once they are confronted with the actions they are about to take, he says to them, “3If anyone asks you, Why are you doing this? answer, The Lord needs it, and He will send it back here presently.” Could you be this bold and instruct your friends to go to that mall and highjack a car for you? I do not think so, but in this case, this master planner was well known. Everyone coming to Jerusalem for the Passover feast had heard of him, and He knew that Donkeys and their colts were very valuable animals, and if they did not handle the situation just right, they could be accused and prosecuted for animal jacking.
4So they went away and found a colt tied at the door out in the [winding] open street, and they loosed it. 5And some who were standing there said to them, what are you doing, untying the colt? 6And they replied as Jesus had directed them, and they allowed them to go. 7And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their outer garments upon it, and He sat on it. 8And many [of the people] spread their garments on the road, and others [scattered a layer of] leafy branches which they had cut from the fields. 9And those who went before and those who followed cried out [[a]with a cry of happiness], Hosanna! [Be graciously inclined and propitious to Him!] Praised and blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord!(A) 10Praised and blessed in the name of the Lord is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna (O save us) in the highest [heaven]!
Christ‘s coming into Jerusalem thus remarkably, shows that he was not afraid of the power and malice of his enemies. In fact, the enthusiasm of the people when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey alarmed the religious leaders. This would encourage his disciples who were full of fear. In addition, that he was not disquieted at the thoughts of his approaching sufferings. Nevertheless, all marked his humiliation; and these matters teach us not to mind high things, but to condescend to those of low estate.
Because Jesus knew all things and lived, his life according to what scripture had spoken of, and the people knew that Jesus was fulfilling prophecy. The Prophet Zechariah had spoken of such a moment taking place. This is what he had said, “9Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O Daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes to you; He is [uncompromisingly] just and having salvation [triumphant and victorious], patient, meek, lowly, and riding on a donkey, upon a colt, the foal of a donkey.(A) (Zechariah 9:9)