READ: Matthew 21:1-11
As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. 2 “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. 3 If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will immediately let you take them.”
4 This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said,
5 “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.’”
6 The two disciples did as Jesus commanded. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it.
8 Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting,
“Praise God for the Son of David!
Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Praise God in highest heaven!”
10 The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. “Who is this?” they asked.
11 And the crowds replied, “It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
- What kind of transportation do you imagine a really important person using today? Why?
- Why do you think Jesus chose to ride into town on a donkey/colt?
Not only does Jesus riding on a donkey fulfill a prophecy (Zechariah 9:9), but also it was a symbol of peace and humility.
- How do you think that Jesus was going to bring peace to the world?
- Why would Jesus (who is God) humble himself in such a way?
Take time to reflect on how you would welcome Jesus into your life and family this week.
RESPOND: Pray and commit this day and week to the Lord. Welcome him into your life, home, schedule, school, and workplace. Schedule a time each day that you will remember and celebrate the Lord as a family.