by Nelson Price

JOHN 12:12-16

JESUS CHRIST's entire earthly ministry needed a donkey in
His final hours to authenticate His role as the Son of God who had
come to seek and to save. He was a living fulfillment of every
prophecy related to the birth and life of Messiah. The one who was
to deliver His people from their sin. Yet prior to His death and
resurrection one small element was missing. Centuries earlier the
prophet, Zacharias (9:9), had predicted He would come to the
golden city riding on a colt of a donkey. Let's recapture the scene.

It was the season of the year to celebrate the Passover.
Many pilgrims always came to this festive religious celebration. A
census made revealed that 25,000 lambs were slain on this
occasion. According to custom, a minimum of 10 persons were
required to eat of each lamb. That means there were over
2,500,000 people in the city.

Lazarus had been raised from the dead. There were visitors
there who had seen Him. They were eager to tell what had
happened while others listened in amazement. This is the crowd
mentioned in verse 17. Excitement builds. As Jesus approaches
Jerusalem all the frenzied bottled-up emotion begins to erupt.

In fulfillment of prophecy and to quell their nationalistic
revolutionary hopes Jesus comes in an unexpected manner. He
had no scythe-armed chariot like the pharaohs or Assyrian
monarchs but only a plow paced beast of burden, a donkey. He
could have ridden the winds or commanded the seraphim to
transport Him, but He came on a donkey.

To a casual reader this event might seem to be
unorganized. However, Jesus gave to it a kind of Divine decorum.

This dramatic event marked the opening of the last chapter
of Christ's earthly life. Behind Him were His sermons, ahead His
suffering. Behind His parables; ahead His passion. Behind Him
were the suppers of fellowship; ahead the supper of betrayal.
Be ...

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