1 And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples,
2 And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.
3 And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.
4 And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him.
5 And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt?
6 And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go.
7 And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.
8 And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.
9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:
10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.
The dark shadow of the Cross was already falling heavily across the path of the Lord Jesus. He was only four days away from the Crucifixion, but notice how calm the Lord is, how careful about every detail concerning His entry into the holy yet deceitful city! What lessons have we here—
First, notice The Lord’s Commission. “He sent forth two of His disciples, saying, Go your way into the village.” This simple commission, like the great one mentioned in Matthew 28 is a revelation of his character. These words reveal His Faith. “You shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat.” How could He know except by faith. He reckoned on the fulfillment of the prophetic Word. It was even the confession of His enemies that “He trusted in God” True, He was God, but we are to remember that He emptied Himself, and “took upon Him the form of a servant.”
Jesus’ words also reveal His Obedience. He tells his disciples, “Say you that the Lord has need of him.” He must needs enter Jerusalem riding on the foal of a donkey, because He knew that it was the will of His Father. It may be humbling to Him, but it was honoring to God and His Word, and perhaps His physical weakness intensifies this need. Blessed is that weakness that makes us more fit for the accomplishing of the Father’s will.
Jesus’ words also reveal His Assuring Confidence. “And immediately he will send him hither.” He encouraged His disciples to act on His Word, just as He Himself was acting on the Father’s Word. Believe and you shall see.
Now, notice the Result which Followed. His word was fulfilled, His will done, and His Coming was Honored. “Many spread their garments in the way” of Jesus. This is a small matter when we consider how the Lord stripped Himself for us. He who was rich, for our sakes became poor. Let us lay the garments of our glory in the dust and crown Him Lord of all.
Jesus’ Name was also Praised. The people cried, “Hosanna! blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.” Hosanna means, “Save, I beseech you.” Such prayer and praise go well together. Well may He be praised, for He has come, not to be ministered unto, “but to give His life a ransom for many.” In the Name of the Lord, Jesus came to finish the work the Father had given Him to do.
Finally, at the Triumphal Entry, Jesus’ Kingdom was Acknowledged. The people said, “Blessed be the kingdom of our father David.” “Blessed be the King that comes.” The kingdom of God is righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. The foundation was laid at Calvary. The characteristics of it are imparted to us through faith in His Name. As the King of Israel He was put to death, so just now His kingdom is not of this world. But, Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is within you.”
Has the humble, royal Savior had a triumphal entry into your heart and life as He had into Jerusalem? Or are you among those who once cried “Hosanna!” but are now gone with the crowd along the course of this world? Do you cry now, though inaudibly, “Away with Him, we will not have this Man to rule over us”? I hope not.
All hail the pow’r of Jesus’ Name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown Him Lord of all!
Let every kindred, every tribe,
On this terrestrial ball,
To Him all majesty ascribe,
And crown Him Lord of all!
Oh, that with yonder sacred throng
We at His feet may fall!
We’ll join the everlasting song,
And crown Him Lord of all!
Let Jesus into your heart today. That is why He came into the world and died on the cross. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at [email protected] and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.