CHRIST'S TRIUMPHAL ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM, INTO YOUR HEART

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Peace be upon you all in the Lord. May you never fall short of His grace.

--The triumphal entry is that of Jesus coming into Jerusalem on what we know as Palm Sunday , the Sunday before the crucifixion (Jn 12:1,12).

--The story of the triumphal entry is one of the few incidents in the life of Jesus which appears in all four gospel accounts (Matt.21:1-17, Mark 11:1-11, Luk.19:29-40, Jn 12:12-19).

--Putting the four accounts together, it becomes clear that the triumphal entry was a significant event, not only to the people of Jesus’ day, but to Christians throughout history.

--Palm Sunday is being to remember that momentous occasion. On that day, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a borrowed donkey’s colt, one that had never been ridden before.

--The disciples spread their cloaks on the donkey for Jesus to sit on, and the multitudes came out to welcome Him, laying before Him their cloaks and the branches of palm trees

--The people hailed and praised Him as the “King who comes in the name of the Lord” as He rode to the temple, where He taught the people, healed them, and drove out the money changers and merchants who had made His Father’s house a “den of robbers” (Mark 11:17).

--Jesus’ purpose in riding into Jerusalem was to make public His claim to be their Messiah and King of Israel in fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. Matthew says that the King coming on the foal of a donkey was an exact fulfillment of (Zech. 9:9).

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--Jesus rides into His capital city as a conquering King and is hailed by the people as such, in the manner of the day. The streets of Jerusalem, the royal city, are open to Him, and like a king He ascends to His palace, not a temporal palace but the spiritual palace that is the temple, because His is a spiritual kingdom.

--The story of the triumphal entry is one of contrasts, and those contrasts contain applications to believers. It is the story of the King who came as a lowly servant on a donkey, not a prancing steed, not in royal robes, but on the clothes of the poor and humble.

◇◇Jesus Christ comes not to conquer by force as earthly kings but by love, grace, mercy, and His own sacrifice for His people. His is not a kingdom of armies and splendor but of lowliness and servanthood.

◇◇He conquers not nations but hearts and minds. His message is one of peace with God, not of temporal peace. If Jesus has made a triumphal entry into your hearts, He reigns there in peace and love.

◇◇As His followers, you exhibits those same qualities, and the world sees the true King living in a practical way you demonstrates an unreproveable and blameless lifestyle (1Tim.6:14, Phil.2:15, 2Pet.3:14)

◇◇Has this King of kings come into your heart, is He reigning Supremacy in your life and family? This is the day of acceptance. Welcome Him today and you becomes triumphant with in His glory (Rev.3:20)

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