Finally, the day dawned. The day the deliverer would come. And Jesus Christ rode into Jerusalem. Often kings rode donkeys. That wasn't a sign of meekness and humility. Riding a donkey into town in that day was like riding a great limousine today. The donkey was an animal of peace. Jesus was offering Himself, more, He was publically identifying Himself as Israel's King. Prophecy was fulfilled. Palms lined the roadway. Great joy and enthusiasm marked the spectators. Many cried "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord." Matthew 21:9.
But all this was short-lived. Israel was looking for a different kind of king. Instead of riding an animal of peace, Israel wanted a king riding the animal of war, a horse. Israel didn't want this king. Some called Him “hosanna...Son of David" but the response of the majority is found in these words. “And when He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred saying, I/Who is this?" Matthew 21: 10
Prophecy was being fulfilled before their very eyes. Yet they cried, I/Who is this?" The question was unnecessary. They should have known. Further, the multitudes answered that question by saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee." At best, this answer was inadequate. They should have answered, I/This is Israel's great King Messiah, worship Him."
The triumphal entry had become the untriumphal entry. The nation would not receive her Messiah.
The rest of the story is found in John 1. “ ...He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him to them gave He power to become the children of God, even to them that believe on His name."
It's Palm Sunday. Jesus has come. Will you receive Him?