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.”
We see the fulfillment of this in Matthew 21:1-9 and John 12:12-16. Please grab a Bible and read these passages.
There are some interesting things in Matthew’s account. We see Jesus instructing the disciples to go to a certain place and bring to him the donkeys (Matthew’s account tells of two). He tells them that should anyone say anything about their taking the animals, they are to respond this way, “the Lord has need of them.”
I love that. It makes me happy to know that Jesus, knowing what He was headed to do, was still concerned with any problem the disciples may encounter in their assignment from Him. He had taken into consideration how to help them succeed in His mission of fulfilling the prophecy of His triumphal entrance into Jerusalem.
It comforts me knowing that Jesus will provide for us when He asks of us to do His work, no matter the task whether it’s healing or securing transportation. The key is our obedience to His command. Whatever He needs of us, we are to obey willingly.
Something else that is intriguing about this passage is the mode of transportation, a donkey. It was not the normal king’s M.O. to arrive on a donkey. Most kings would show up on the best horse and high step into town. Not Jesus. He’s not like most kings. As a matter of fact, He’s better than all of them.
This donkey provided a gentle means for the Messiah to enter Jerusalem. He came in peace and not for war. The donkey was a symbol of peace. A horse signified a conquering warrior. And so, the King of Peace entered the city of peace (Jerusalem) on a symbol of peace.
Although they would quote from Psalm 118 as they shouted, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord ,” they would eventually choose to crucify Messiah.
Finally, thinking about that donkey still, they are beasts meant to carry burdens, physical weight. I have to ponder that as Jesus entered Jerusalem, knowing He was saying to them that He was the long-awaited King of kings, the Messiah, that He was also aware of the burden He would soon bear on the cross. As this donkey bore the weight of sinless Jesus, Jesus was preparing to bear the weight of the world’s sin and all because He was being the obedient Son following His Father’s instructions on behalf of a sinful and fallen world.
Will you give homage to the promised Seed who came to save you from your sins?