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Jesus: The Messiah
next day the great multitude who had come to the feast, when they heard
that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,  took the branches of the palm
trees, and went out to meet Him, and began to cry out, "Hosanna! Blessed
is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel." 
And Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written,  "Fear
not, daughter of Zion; behold, your King is coming, seated on a donkey's
colt."  These things His disciples did not understand at the first;
but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were
written of Him, and that they had done these things to Him.
On this day, Jesus entered Jerusalem announcing that He was the promised
Messiah as Nathaniel had declared in John 1:49 when he said,
"Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel." This
was his only public declaration of His messiahship. By riding in on a donkey
colt, he did two things. First he fulfilled the prophesy of Zech. 9:9 that
greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation,
Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey."
It also showed that he was coming in peace, not war. Whenever a King rode
a donkey, his intentions were peaceful, but if he came in on a horse, it
wasn't. Remember that Jesus will return one day, and when He does, He will
not be riding a donkey, He will be riding a white horse. John would later
I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and
a crown was given to him; and he went out conquering, and to conquer." (Rev.
But this time, His intentions were peaceful. In the crowd that day was
three different groups of people. The first group was the Passover Pilgrims
mentioned in John 12:12. The second group was those who witnessed him raise
Jesus from the dead in Bethany. They are mentioned in John 12:17,
"And so the multitude who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of the
tomb, and raised him from the dead, were bearing Him witness. The
third group was the religious leaders that lamented Jesus' popularity in
John 12:19 "
The Pharisees therefore said to one another, 'You see that you are not
doing any good; look, the world has gone after Him.'"
To the first group, Jesus' action was a novelty-it certainly was something
they could talk about on the long journey home. To the second group, Jesus'
action was a victory. I'm sure they led the multitude to grab the Palm
Branches and cry out Hosanna-Save us Now! To the third group, Jesus' actions
were a threat. It took deliberate courage for Jesus to even enter Jerusalem
that day, much less become the leader of a spectacle. John 11:57 says, "But
the chief priests and Pharisees had given orders that if anyone found out
where Jesus was, he should report it so that they might arrest him."
The religious leaders put a warrant out for His arrest, and now, he rode
right into their midst.
By extending Palm Branches in Jesus' path, the crowd was accepting Jesus
as a triumphal Messiah. I'm sure the imagery wasn't lost on the religious
leaders. They knew what Jesus was saying by his actions, and they knew
what the crowd was saying by their actions. That's why they mumbled in
verse 19lamenting Jesus' popularity.
This will not be the last time that Jesus is greeted as a conquering
hero. Rev. 7:9 says, "After
these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude, which no one could
count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing
before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm
branches were in their hands;"
The citizens spread out "the red carpet" for Him--they placed garments
and palm branches in His path, and they greeted Him as their King. Listen
again to their words, "Hosanna!
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Blessed is the coming
kingdom of our father David; Hosanna in the highest!"
Hosanna is an exclamation of praise that literally means, "save us."
When the crowd said,
"Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord;" they quoted a
Messianic Psalm, Psalm 118:25-26 that said, "O
Lord, do save, we beseech Thee; O Lord, we beseech Thee, do send prosperity!
 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord; We have blessed
you from the house of the Lord."
Boldly, Jesus accepted the praise of the crowd, but the glory would
not be long lived. The religious leaders would let Him "have His day" but
soon, they would rally the crowd against Jesus and they would cry for his
Jesus didn't try to pacify anyone. Soon after he rode into town, he
went to the temple and cleansed His house. No self-preservation here-He
was on a mission.
When some Gentiles sought Jesus out, He explained His mission to them.
In John 12:23-32 Jesus said,
"'The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.  Truly, truly,
I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it
remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.  He who
loves his life loses it; and he who hates his life in this world shall
keep it to life eternal.  If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and
where I am, there shall My servant also be; if anyone serves Me, the Father
will honor him.
Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, 'Father save Me
from this hour'? But for this purpose I came to this hour.  Father,
glorify Thy name.' There came therefore a voice out of heaven: "I have
both glorified it, and will glorify it again."  The multitude therefore,
who stood by and heard it, were saying that it had thundered; others were
saying, 'An angel has spoken to Him.'  Jesus answered and said, 'This
voice has not come for My sake, but for your sakes.  Now judgment is
upon this world; now the ruler of this world shall be cast out.  And
I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.'"
And that's exactly what happened. The religious leaders thought they
had rid themselves of Jesus when the Romansoldiers took his limp body from
the cross. But they hadn't. Three days later he burst through the tomb,
holding the keys to death, hell and the grave in his hands. Not to spite
his enemies, but to provide a way for their salvation.
Today, you can know the King of Kings and Lord of Lords yourself. Romans
10:9 says, "that
if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart
that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved;"