ENTER THE KING – Jerusalem
Two days later, a big crowd gathered expectantly on the road outside the village of Bethany. The road which was already thick with foot traffic ran from Jericho down unto the Jordan River Valley going wounding up the Judean Highlands to Jerusalem. Cornelius, dressed as a local, waited with his group. Many on the pilgrimage were singing.
“Jacob? What are those songs they’re singing?” asked Cestus.
“Oh, those are the Psalms that Moses commanded us to sing on the way to Festival.”
“Look. Here they come,” Cornelius said. He was looking towards the Bethany gate as Jesus and his disciples emerged.
The people cheered and clapped. Jesus greeted many as they walked among the crowd. But they have not moved on the road to the city. Cornelius worked his way through the crowd by Jesus’ side. But before he could ask, Jesus smiled and whispered.
“We wait to fulfill righteousness.” He looked toward a side track that led to a small village. After a while, Cornelius recognized two of Jesus’ followers coming from that village leading a donkey trailed by a colt.
“Of course, it is a prophecy from Zecharia,” Jacob whispered to Cornelius. “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” [Zecharia 9:9]
Peter and James placed their robes on the donkey and helped Jesus climbed on. Just as Peter and James were about to lead the donkey on the road, the men in the crowd took their own robes off and laid them on the road while the women and children tore palm branches off and waved them at him as he rode by. For the two miles to get to the city, it was like this; singing, dancing, clapping and the waving of palms.
Upon entering the Kidron Valley where there was a massive encampment, the people there too joined in. They slowly made their way, through the throng. Young people and children went ahead of the procession shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!” [Matthew 21:9]
Among the crowd, there were some of the Pharisees who tried unsuccessfully to quiet those shouting out their praise. They finally pleaded with Jesus saying, “Teacher, rebuke them for they say.”
But Jesus joyously laughed and answered them, “I tell you, if these become silent, the very stones on the ground will cry out!” [Luke 19:37-40]
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