HOST: Ron House
And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’ ” So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”
What a powerful passage! There were not many moments during Jesus’ ministry when He was treated like the king and Lord that He was (and is). As you read through the gospels, the focus is often on His adversaries and all the doubts, accusations, rejections, and plotting that were constantly a part of His life. We can forget that there were a great many people who did believe in Jesus and who were sincere and devoted disciples. This passage reminds us of that fact. These disciples recognized Him as Lord and as the Son of God. They were excited to give honor and praise to Him and to treat Him like the King that He was. When He was commanded to rebuke His disciples for what the Pharisees saw as blasphemous behavior, Jesus responds with the powerful statement that, if they were to keep silent, even the stones would cry out. Jesus was the Son of God. That fact was undeniable and irrefutable. All of creation was a testament to the greatness of God, and even the stones would attest to the glory of Jesus as the only begotten of the Father.
What was significant about this entry into Jerusalem by Jesus?
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