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The Life and Ministry of Jesus Christ: The King has Arrived! - Part Two

Eddie is a Christian author, and in the last 20 years, a mentor to countless young people through God's ministry.

Jesus Rides into Jerusalem on a Donkey’s Colt

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Focal Passage: Luke 19:28-44

Please read from your favorite translation of the Bible the following passages: Isaiah 29:1-16; Zechariah 9:9-13; Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19

After telling this story, Jesus went on towards Jerusalem, walking ahead of His disciples. As He and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives.

Jesus sent two of the disciples ahead. "Go into the village over there," He said. "As soon as you enter it, you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt no one has ever ridden beside it. Untie them and bring them to Me. If anyone ask what you are doing, just say, 'The Lord needs them and will return them soon,' and he will immediately let you take them."

This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said, "Tell the people of Jerusalem, 'Look, your king is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey; riding on a donkey's colt.'"

The two disciples did as Jesus commanded. They left and found the colt standing in the street, right outside the front door. As they were untying it, some bystanders demanded, "What are you doing, untying that colt?" The two replied what Jesus had told them to say, and they were permitted to take it.

They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and He sat on it. Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of Him, and others cut branches from trees and leafy branches from the fields and spread them on the road.

When they reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all the followers of Jesus began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising Yahweh God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen. Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people around Him were shouting, "Praise Yahweh God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD! Blessings on the coming Kingdom of our ancestor David! Praise Yahweh God in highest Heaven!"

Some of the Pharisees among the crowd said, "Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!"

He replied, "If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!"

As Jesus came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, He began to weep. "How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace, but it is now too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes. Before long, your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you from every side. They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not accept your opportunity for salvation."

The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as He entered. "Who is this?" they asked.

The crowds replied, "It is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee."

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Isaiah 29:1-16

Isaiah 29:1-16, a messianic prophecy written by the prophet for Jerusalem and all of Israel, foretold of the attitudes the Pharisees and much of the populace had toward their relationship with Yahweh God during the ministry of Christ Jesus.

Those who considered themselves educated questioned the very existence of the Creator and His omnipresence. The miracles Christ Jesus performed confounded the wisdom and intelligence of those who were foolish to rely on their brains rather than their hearts. They were blind to the Truth that would have saved them.

Worship of rules by men became precedent over devotion to Yahweh God. Merely speaking His Name and reciting the Holy Scriptures is not enough. If the Holy Spirit is not allowed into the heart, affirming that precious bond of love and devotion between our Savior, our Creator, and us, then everything we attribute to the Almighty is meaningless in our hearts.

This attitude is reflected in our society today. Much of humanity does not see the Truth. They rely on their own intelligence to improve their lives, say they believe in God, but are seeking after foolish ideas about why we exist in the first place. Maybe they should accept that the 'big bang' was when the Creator clapped His hands together and said, "Let's get started, Son!"

Don't be blind to what Yahweh God should mean to you. Don't just merely say that you believe in Christ Jesus with your lips, believe and live with Him in your heart. There is a place for wisdom and intelligence in the Kingdom of God, but wisdom and intelligence must not take the place of Yahweh God.

Mark 11:11

Mark 11:11 adds that Christ Jesus went into the temple courts, but after looking at everything and because it was already late in the day, He withdrew to Bethany with the Twelve Apostles.

The Apostle John Concludes the Triumphal Entry

The disciples had not yet been blessed by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, so they had little understanding of all that was going on in Yahweh God’s plan. After Christ Jesus was glorified, though, everything was revealed, and they could realize the necessity of all that happened to Him and the knowledge of Him written in the Old Testament. (John 12:16)

Because many of the people who had witnessed Christ Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead testified to others in the city, the crowd from Jerusalem gathered together to meet Him (John 12:17-18).

Powerless to intervene, the Pharisees were the most confounded of all. As hard as they could fight against Yahweh God’s will, they realized that this Man riding into Jerusalem the way a king would, held the attention of the great multitude. This was the beginning of the end of their way of life and their hearts were hardened against the workings of the Holy Spirit. How sad for them that their hearts were closed, their ears muffled, their eyes blinded, and their minds stupefied to the miracles and teachings of the Promised Messiah. (John 12:19)

My Prayer

I pray today that those who are presented with a miracle only Yahweh God can work or witnessed to by a devoted follower of Christ Jesus will not be closed to the workings of the Holy Spirit to draw them nearer to the Kingdom of God and the salvation He offers.

Love you and blessings,

Brother Cary

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Eddie Dollgener

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