Text: Luke 19:28-40 (KJV)
28 And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.
29 And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples,
30 Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither.
31 And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.
32 And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them.
33 And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt?
34 And they said, The Lord hath need of him.
35 And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.
36 And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way.
37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
Key Verse: “Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest” (Luke 19:38)
The ministry of Jesus Christ on the earth is replete with the fulfilment of prophecies. His birth and death, resurrection and second coming, among others, are all in fulfilment of what the prophets had foretold about Him.
In our passage, Christ’s entry into Jerusalem was the last before going to Calvary. His popularity could not bring any doubt in the mind of the owner of the colt He wanted to ride to Jerusalem. As He entered the city, people ran out to meet Him spreading their clothes, leaves and branches of trees on the wayside in His honour. This was the fulfilment of Zechariah 9:9, which says, “behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.”
The choice of the time Christ entered into Jerusalem was indeed perfect. It was for the people to know that He was the real Messiah. They held wrong view of His messiahship. They even thought He had become the leader, who would liberate them from the Roman Empire.
Christ coming is not only for a set of religious people or nations, but also for the whole world. He came to liberate the whole world from the imperial rule of Satan. This shall be fulfilled during His millennial reign.
Despite this ageless truth, several millions of people still hold erroneous belief about the Personality of Jesus Christ. If your purpose of coming to Christ is just for earthly gains, then you have made a great mistake. You must “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
Jesus came to fulfil all the prophecies. At the centre of His prophecies is salvation. It is God’s free gift to all men through Christ our Lord. It can be attained by confessing and forsaking of sins, and receiving Christ as personal Saviour.
Thought For The Day: Don’t get the purpose of Christ’s coming wrong.
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.