Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having Salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
It was a mild, springtime Sunday, in about the year 30 A.D. The holy city of Jerusalem was crowded with pilgrims who had come for the annual Passover celebration...
Jesus had spent many months traveling through the towns and villages around His homeland, talking about the Kingdom of God and healing the sick wherever He went. Now the time had come for Him to claim His title as the Messiah~
the Savior that God had promised to the Jewish people.
Jesus knew His mission was almost finished.
As they traveled to Jerusalem, Jesus warned His disciples that He would soon be put to death, and then after three days He would rise again.
As they came near Jerusalem, Jesus told two of His disciples to go into a nearby village and bring a donkey that would be waiting there. Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the donkey.
Crowds of people spread their coats on the ground in front of Him, waving branches of palm trees, as a sign of victory.
The people shouted, "Hosanna!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord – the King of Israel!"
Only a king would be greeted this way (2 Kings 9:13), and the people wanted Jesus to be their king.
Most of the people did not understand what kind of king Jesus would be. They expected their Messiah to be a great political and military leader who would free them from the tyranny of the Roman Empire.
But the kingdom of God is not of this world. It has always been a spiritual kingdom that grows whole, in the hearts of people who put their faith and trust in God.
Jesus went to the temple every day. Blind people, crippled people and sick people came to Him, and He healed all of them. He told stories and parables to help people understand the kingdom of God and God's love for all people. The crowds of people who came to hear Him were spellbound~!
John 12:12-16 :
On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.
And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,
Fear not, daughter of Zion: Behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.
These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of Him, and that they had done these things unto Him.
An expert on the Jewish Law asked Jesus which of God's commandments was most important. Jesus replied,
'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is just as important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the other commandments and the teachings of the prophets are based on these two.
Trust in God, and Christian love (kindness and respect) for all people are the basis for everything Jesus taught us.
These are the things that
are really important in life.
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT,
... and all just for you~