Back to Palm Sunday. We studied Mark's account of the Triumphal Entry in Mark 11. I always thought it was kind of funny, that after walking all over the countryside, Jesus stops outside the city and tells 2 of the disciples to go and get a donkey from the city so He can ride into the city. Not just any donkey, "a colt, which no one had ever ridden" Mark 11:3. I'm sure the disciples were a little skeptical about the whole deal. I would have liked to hear their conversation as the walked to the the city! But sure enough, "they went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway." Mark 11:4. They brought the colt to Jesus.
Why did Jesus need a colt? Were his feet tired? Did he break a sandal?
Nope! Well, maybe, I wasn't there.
But I do know Jesus entered the city on the back of a colt to fulfill the prophesy found in Zechariah 9:9
Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!
Shot, Daughter of Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and having salvation,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
ALL people in Jerusalem were very familiar with the Messianic prophesy. They all knew that The Messiah would ride into the city in this fashion. They got the message when they saw Jesus. Can you imagine being there! Seeing Jesus on that donkey! Knowing what the prophets had said years ago! I would shout HOSANNA too. Hosanna is a Hebrew word meaning "save us". What a beautiful sight to imagine and a beautiful word to say.
Hosanna in the highest!