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Reflection on the day Matthew 21:1-11 Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King 1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5 “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”[a] 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna[b] to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[c] “Hosanna[d] in the highest heaven!” 10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” 11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” Scripture Tell the people of Jerusalem, “Look your king is coming to you. He is riding on a donkey- Riding on a donkey’s colt.” Observation Jesus and His disciples come to Bethphage near Jerusalem. He sends two of His disciples into the town to collect a donkey. This is done to fulfil a prophecy in Zechariah 9:9 that Jerusalem’s king would come in humility on a donkey. The crowd spreads garments and palm branches on the road ahead of Him. They shout “Hosanna to the Son of David!” People in Jerusalem ask who it is they are making a fuss about. The people in the crowd tell them it is Jesus of Nazareth, a prophet. Application When I first came to know Jesus, it was as the loving and compassionate Son of God. At the time I was lost and not sure of where I fitted in the world. Jesus came to me and overwhelmed me with His love and peace. This is the Jesus we see n the gospels, and particularly in the last week of His life on earth. Yes, He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Yes, He will judge every single person that ever lived. Yes, He will conquer the most tyrannical of political and military rulers. But He is the Lord of love, and He reigns in gentleness. Jesus never coerces or instils fear. He is firstly humble and gentle. His followers, too, must excel in humility and gentleness. For many of us this does not come easily. We want our way and we want it now. We follow a King who rides on a donkey not on a war horse. He lives by dying and wins by giving up everything. Prayer Father please help me to live a life marked by gentleness and humility. Amen.