Thirty-three years before, Jesus was carried in His mother’s womb on a donkey. The donkey is a beast of burden and so this is telling in a way. Our Savior, King would humble Himself by doing this. He would not come in glory, like his ancestor, King David. There would be no magnificent stallion or all the trappings of a king. He simply entered Jerusalem for the Passover on a working animal – one which often carried heavy loads.
This was to fulfill the prophecy written long ago about His entry as the Messiah: “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zech 9:9)
It was necessary for Jesus to humble Himself in this way – not only to fulfill the prophesy, but to come as a servant – a sacrifice that would take away the sin of the world. That sacrifice had to be the unblemished lamb, without sin. God rode that donkey to carry the burdens of every human life – past, present and future. He didn’t have to do it this way. He is God. He could’ve commanded His angels to proclaim His entrance with pomp and circumstance, but He took our baggage on His own back so that we wouldn’t have to. By doing so, He became not only our Savior, but our brother, our confidante, our Lord, our Redeemer, Savior and King. Because of Him, we have a close relationship with our Creator. We’re part of His family and will someday take part in the inheritance of His kingdom.
As we celebrate this special day, let’s remember that God’s plans are always designed for our good. He s sacrificed Himself, so that we wouldn’t experience damnation. He gave His life so that we could live. This is the ultimate sacrifice. Hosanna – the Messiah has come!!!!!!!