Day 5: Triumphal Entry
“Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9).
“This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: ‘Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your King comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey’” (Matthew 21:4-5).
If anyone in Jesus’ day had Messianic expectations on their radar, the buzzers and alarms would have been going off big time when Jesus rode into Jerusalem just days before His crucifixion. While it is not certain that there were any mathematicians in the crowd, if there was someone good with an abacus, they might have realized that the date of Jesus’ triumphal entry corresponded exactly with Daniel’s prophecy of the Seventy Weeks (Daniel 9:24-27).
But even if they were not that well-versed in Daniel, or well-schooled in mathematics, they may well have recalled the words of Zechariah noted above. The population of Jerusalem was swelling to the bursting point as the people from around the nation made their way to the holy city for Passover. These were not just the usual Jerusalemites or Judeans gathered here, but people from Galilee and other parts of the nation. Many had seen Jesus’ miracles, others had heard of them, most must have been electrified and wondering if the prophecy was being fulfilled in their sight.
If only they could see past the expectations of the words, “Behold, your King is coming to you, righteous and victorious,” to the ones which revealed His salvation and lowliness. Even Daniel’s prophecy hinted to what was coming: “After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing.” They could not see that the enemy He was defeating was so much greater than the Romans, and that His victory would set them free from something far worse than the oppression of man—something they had suffered under the various rising and falling powers over the centuries.
• What times can you think of when you or someone you know has been willfully blind to truth? Was this ever corrected?
• When have you been (or seen someone) in a lose/lose situation where even the good things you (they) did made people indignant?
How did things turn out?
Lord, I am so fickle—praising one day, disappointed the next. Help me to trust Your sovereignty and love, and look beyond my temporal expectations to Your eternal truth. Help me to solidly believe that Your ways are better than mine.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries
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