Kings traditionally rode horses when they came as conquerors, but rode asses when they came in peace. Jesus was greeted as a king. A similar procession greeted Simon Maccabaeus after one of his most notable victories (I Maccabees 13:51).
Pilgrims coming to the Passover Feast were traditionally greeted with the passage from Psalm 118: “Blessed be he who enters in the name of the Lord”.
“Hosanna” meaning “Save now!” was a people’s cry to a king or god. It can also be seen in Psalm 118:25.
- What evidence is there that Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was not a spontaneous event but one that had been preplanned and carefully orchestrated? (Mark 11:1-11)
- Why, knowing the enmity He had stirred up, did Jesus choose to make such a theatrical entry?
- What did the crowd expect of Jesus?
- If Jesus were to come to our world to-day, what would people expect of Him?
- Of what value to you is the Palm Sunday celebration?
Food for thought:
Here we see the sheer courage of Jesus, drawing to Himself the attention of a crowd excited with revolutionary zeal and making His final appeal of love, knowing full well where it would lead Him.