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It is the week of Easter and that gives us an amazing opportunity to pay tribute to Christ and all that He is. I say “is” because we like to focus on the positive in our home. Instead of focusing on the suffering and death of Christ, we focus on the Resurrection. The fact that He lives!
Lets start with Easter – Day 1
The first day of the week of Easter is actually a very wonderful day. It is depicted with Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, with multitudes shouting “Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest”. (Matt. 21:8-9)
I would like to draw attention to the fact that He came in on a donkey. I have wondered why in the world it was a donkey? Why not a horse? In doing some research about this question I found that Jesus coming in on a donkey would actually indicate to the people that He came in peace. It was foretold and then fulfilled and He, the ultimate symbol of peace, came riding in on a donkey…a symbol of peace.
Another question I had is why they shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David”? We know that Christ has many names, but how would they know He was “the Son of David” and what significance does that have? It was foretold that Christ would be born into the house of King David, which means that He was royal blood. Because of the corruption that always seems to happen with man, the kingdom did not stay in the house of King David. However, if Judah had been an independent nation at Jesus birth, Joseph would have been king and Mary would have been queen, meaning Jesus was their prince. Jesus was the rightful heir to the throne. A perfect genealogical record is kept in Luke chapter 3. If you start in verse 31 you can follow His lineage clear to Adam. For the people to shout “Hosanna to the Son of David” meant that they recognized Him as their king…literally.
The multitude completely accepted Him as their king. He had fulfilled everything that was expected to that point. So now they expected Him to fulfill more prophecies and march into the kingdom, take over the throne and the military, and establish a reign of peace upon the earth. It makes sense that they would expect this of Him, because He had fulfilled everything else, why not this as well? Their declaration of Christ being their king stirred up much contention and fear in the religious leaders of the day, which lead to much of what happened later that week.
And…we will get to that later. Right now, I love the first day. The first day is a symbol of peace when the King of Kings rides in on a donkey.