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.” Luke 19:28-40
It was the first day of the week and Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a young donkey. There was a crowd there, some cam with Jesus, others came out to see Him. All were shouting calling Him King, the King who came in God’s name. They spread their cloaks in the road; some cut branches and put them in the road for Jesus to ride over. Today the crowd was fully behind Jesus. Yet in less than a week everyone would turn from Him. There would be no one to shout His praises or even to defend Him. He would be alone to face the cross.
How did everything change so quickly? How could the people acclaim Him king one moment and then ask for His execution the next? As it always seems with Jesus it comes down to our expectations of Him. The crowd wanted a king, just not the king God had in mind. They were looking for a king to free them from the Roman yoke. God sent us a king to free us from the yoke of sin. What the crowd wanted was something nice to have. What God sent was a king we had to have. The crowd wanted something earthly and God sent them something eternal. Two thousand years later and so many of us still want earthly things and turn from eternal things.
The Jews were expecting the Messiah. They may not have known the exact year, but they knew the season of His coming. The book of Daniel had set the time for the Messiah to appear so for maybe a decade or so around the time Jesus began His ministry Jews were expecting the Messiah. And there had been many claiming to be the Messiah. The people were looking for a warrior king such as David had been someone to free them from their bondage to Rome. What they failed to recognize it that the bondage of the Jewish people was not to some earthly kingdom, but had always been to sin. It was their sins that had caused them to be taken to Babylon. It was sin that had the Romans ruling over them. Only a King that could free them from the bondage of sin would be able to truly set them free.
Today we are not any different. We look for freedom here on earth and overlook the true freedom God has for us. Once God sets us free it does not matter how many earthly chains are on us we are free, truly free.
Have a blessed day,