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Israel's King

Five hundred year before the birth of Christ, the prophet Zechariah foretold the coming of the King to Israel; *Zechariah9:9* "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A foal, the colt of a donkey." He who had for so long refused royal honors now came to Jerusalem as the promised heir to David's Throne. On the first day of the week Christ made His triumphal entry. Multitudes who had flocked to see Him at Bethany accompanied Him. Many on their way to keep the passover joined the multitude. All nature seemed to rejoice. The trees were clothed with verdure, and their blossoms shed a delicate fragrance. The hope of the new Kingdom was again springing up. Jesus had sent two disciples to bring Him a donkey and
its foal. Although, "the cattle on a thousand hills" *Psalm50:10* are His, He was dependant on a stranger's kindness for an animal on which to enter Jerusalem as its King. But again His Divinity was revealed, even in the minute directions given. As He foretold, the plea, "The Lord hath need of them," was readily granted. The disciples spread their garments on the colt and seated their master on it. Jesus had always travelled on foot, and the disciples wondered that He should now
choose to ride.
Rise up! Let's ride! But hope brightened in their hearts with the thought that He was about to enter the capital, proclaim Himself King, and assert His royal power. Excitement spread far and near, raising the expectations of the people to the highest pitch. Christ was following the Jewish custom for a royal entry. Prophecy had foretold that thus
the Messiah should come to His Kingdom. No sooner was He seated on the colt, than the multitude hailed Him as Messiah, their King. The disciples and the multitude in imagination saw the Roman armies driven from Jerusalem and Israel once more an independant nation. All viewed this with one another in paying Him homage. Unable to present Him with costly gifts, they spread their outer garments as a carpet in the path and strewed the leafy branches of the olive and the palm in the way. With no royal standards to wave, they cut down the spreading palm boughs, Nature's emblem of Victory, and waved them aloft. From the multitudes gathered to attend the passover, thousands greeted Him with the waving of palm branches and a burst of sacred song. The priests at the temple sounded the trumpet for evening service, but few responded,
and the rulers said to one another in alarm, ''The world has gone after Him.'' Never before has Jesus permitted such a demonstration. He clearly foresaw the result. It would bring Him to the cross. But He desired to bring attention to the sacrifice that was to crown His mission to a fallen world. The lamb, by a voluntary act set Himself apart as an oblation. His church must make His death a subject of deep thought and study. Every fact connected with it should be verified beyond doubt. The events which proceeded His great sacrifice must call attention to the sacrifice itself. After such a demonstration as attending His entry into Jerusalem, all eyes would follow His rapid progress to the final stage. This triumphal ride would be the talk of every tongue and bring Jesus before every mind. After His crucifixion, many would recall
these events and be led to search the prophecies. They would believe that Jesus is the Messiah. This day, which seemed to the disciples the crowning day of their lives, would have been shadowed with clouds had they known it was a prelude to the death of their master. He had repeatedly told them of His sacrifice, yet in the glad triumph they had forgotten His sorrowful words. With few exceptations, all who joined the procession caught the inspiration of the hour. The blind He had restored to sight led the way, The lame whom He healed bounded with joy, lepers He had cleansed spread their untainted garments in His path, awakened from the sleep of death, Lazarus led the animal on which the Saviour rode, the mute whose tongues He had loosed, shouted out with the throngs of the multitude, ''Hosanna to the Son of David;
Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord; Hosanna in the Highest!

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