When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, “Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Food for Thought:
This has always been one of my favorite passages of Scripture. This is right before Jesus is going to be crucified. He is riding on a donkey. He is humbling himself. What do you think it means to be humble? What attributes do people who are humble have? Model yourself after a humble person today.
God of our salvation, we give you thanks for Jesus Christ, our Lord, who came in your name
and turned the lonely way of rejection and death into triumph. Grant us the steadfast faith
to enter the gates of righteousness, that we may receive grace to become worthy citizens
of your holy realm. In your precious name we pray, Amen.