Jesus Enters Jerusalem
As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethlehem on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. “Go into the village over there,” he said. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will immediately let you take them.” This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said, “Tell the people of Jerusalem, ‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt.” Matthew 21:1 NLT
So we see a fulfillment of prophecy in the way that Jesus entered into Jerusalem. He entered riding on a donkey. Definitely not how any earthly king would have entered. Think about this, what if years ago someone had written about a trip you had not taken yet and it happened just the way it was written. I know, there is no way, right? But for Jesus and His life and His purpose it was prophesied about in so many ways. This entrance into Jerusalem was just one of them. Then we see how humble Jesus is, no pomp and circumstance for him. Could this be said of us? How important is it to us that we be noticed? We all want to feel significant, but where and how much of our significance do we get from others vs. from God?
So, what does this mean to you? What does it mean to be humble? What does this look like in your life? Write down what God is saying to you today?
What does your prayer need to be today? Maybe you want to acknowledge how awesome Jesus really is. How amazing to know so many things like fulfilled prophesy point to his authenticity. Jesus is real!! Should there be any doubt? Maybe you need to pray a prayer of forgiveness for times of pride, where we demonstrate a little too much of self. Write down a simple prayer.
For extra challenge and additional family time: Read Matthew 21:1-11, then spend some time discussing who Jesus is. What other things do you know that were prophesied about Jesus? Here are a few you could look at:
Where Jesus will be born-Micah 5:1 and Luke 2:2-4
The special way Jesus was born-Isaiah 7:14 and Luke 1:26-31
He heals many-Isaiah 29:18, 35:5-6 and Luke 7:22 and Matthew 11:3-5
He is the cornerstone of the church-Isaiah 28:16 and Acts 4:11
There are over 400 prophesies so these are only a few in the Old Testament about Jesus and all that He would do and have done to Him. For a lengthy discussion you could do a google search for prophecies of Jesus and see just how many there are.