Jesus’ contemporaries longed for solutions to their daily struggles, subjugated as they were to Roman domination. And many hoped for a Messiah who would lead them to victory against their overlords. However when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, He was making a clear declaration of the nature of His messianic role.
In biblical times, when a king rode into a community on a donkey, it meant he was coming in peace, not war. So here was Jesus (whose name means ‘God saves’), the Prince of Peace, riding into Jerusalem which means ‘city of peace’, on a donkey, the symbol of peace!
See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem,
and the battle bow will be broken.
He will proclaim peace to the nations.
His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
The song 'Hosanna' is from the album 'A Greater Song' by Paul Baloche. Available from Amazon*, click on the image to find out more:
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