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A SEISMIC COMMOTION

Opening Prayer

Lord, I welcome You as the Messiah of my life.

Scripture Reference

MATTHEW 21:1–11

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The Triumphal Entry
21 When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

5 “Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold your King is coming to you,
Gentle, and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”

6 The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, 7 and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats. 8 Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. 9 The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting,

“Hosanna to the Son of David;
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord;
Hosanna in the highest!”

10 When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.”

New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

Meditate

Consider

Play, sing, or meditate on Handel’s Hallelujah chorus: “King of kings, for ever and ever, and Lord of lords, Hallelujah, Hallelujah. And he shall reign for ever and ever.”

Think Further

Jesus and the pilgrim crowds have climbed from Jericho to reach the ridge overlooking Jerusalem. There he has arranged a spectacular demonstration to announce the true nature of his Messiahship. He has deliberately prepared to enter the city on a colt which had never before been ridden (the presence of its mother would be calming in the noisy crowd), greeted by enthusiastic, cheering crowds. This fulfills Zechariah’s prophecy, “Triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zech. 9:9, NRSV). The use of a lowly donkey, not a chariot or warhorse, signals his mission of peace, bringing salvation. His rule would not be achieved through military prowess but rather through suffering and humiliation.

Cloaks are placed on the donkey and across its path. The pilgrims and those from the city welcome Jesus, waving palm branches as they shout and sing psalms of praise, salvation, and victory (9). Excitement is high. They proclaim Jesus as God’s representative who would fulfill the hopes of their people. As the procession makes its way into the city, it causes a commotion of seismic proportions. Many are asking, “Who is this?” (10), to which others in the crowd proudly reply, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee” (11).

The dramatic presentation of biblical truth was demonstrated in the Jewish festivals, the prophets’ messages and Jesus’ life. This account reveals a deliberate illustration of the prophecy of Zechariah. There is no longer a need for Jesus to play a quiet role. In this one act, he allows himself to be proclaimed as coming in the name of the Lord.

Apply

Have you experienced truth conveyed through drama? Was it effective? How could you use drama to proclaim God’s truth in family, church or community?

Closing Prayer

Lord, Your people to this day still proclaim, “Hosanna to the Son of David.”

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