Who is Jesus? This is the time to get your answer to that question straight. in case you have never done it before. Matthew has presented Jesus as God's King. We have seen him reflected by many but believed on by a Few. Where do you stand on the issue? Is Jesus the King? is he the Son of God? is he the Savior? Have you trusted him for the salvation of your soul?

Jesus had sent two disciples for the donkeys. When they arrived the disciples spread their clothes on both. Jesus sat on the colt, which was probably led by the mother donkey since it was a young animal that had not been ridden before (Mark 11:2; Luke 19:30). The entire band then made its way down the steep descent of the Mount of Olives in full sight of the city of Jerusalem, attracting people as they went. As the crowd came near, others who were in city and saw What was happening left to join the group that was arriving (John 12:13). Soon the people began to cry out, “Hosanna to the Son of David!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Hosanna in the highest!"

What a king! Not a warlike monarch, arriving on a battle steed to marshal his armies for action. Rather, Jesus comes “humble, and mounted on a donkey,” as Zechariah says (v. 5). In these far-off days a donkey was not an ignoble animal. Kings did ride them. When David appointed Solomon to be his successor as king of Israel he had him seated on his personal mule and taken to Gihon to be anointed by Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet (1 Kings 1:32-40). But the donkey did symbolize that Jesus was coming in peace, not for war, and that his was to be a gentle, peaceful reign. This is what Jesus was indicating by his action and what Matthew emphasizes by retaining the word “gentle” in the quote. John omits the line containing “gentle” in his quotation, because he is interested only in the fact that Jesus’ riding on a colt fulfilled the words of Zechariah.

This climactic week begins with what we call the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Each of the gospels records this event, and the first significant thing they tell us about it is that Jesus arranged what was to happen. In other words, this was not a case merely of some spontaneous outburst of excitement on the part of the people, though there was obviously some spontaneity about it. Rather, it was something the Lord carefully planned in order to make a statement.

The most important life ever lived was that of Jesus Christ, and the most important part of that life was the momentous week that ended it. The week began with Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on what we call Palm Sunday. It included his second cleansing of the temple, his final teaching, his arrest, trial and crucifixion, and it ended with his resurrection from the dead on What we call Easter Sunday. Eight momentous days in all.