And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke they disciples. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. (Luke 19:39-40)
Here is one of the most beautiful scenes in the New Testament. One of those few moments when the Lord was recognized, in some small way, for Who He is.
Looking for the Wrong Messiah
We see His entry into Jerusalem, mentioned in each of the 4 gospels, shortly before He would go to the cross. This is the scene predicted by Isaiah and other prophets in the Old Testament.
Sadly, many in Israel did not understand the ministry of the Messiah. They looked to him as a political or military deliverer. They hoped he would remove them from the bondage of Rome.
But He actually did remove them from bondage. But not the way that they sought. His ministry was to remove men from the spiritual bondage of sin. All else that He did was out of His own compassionate heart according to the will of the Father. And to confirm His identity, by His miracles, as the prophets foretold.
Even today, religious people mistakenly look to Jesus as a bringer of social salvation or deliverance. Many in the mainstream religious denominations have made the gospel of faith into a Social Gospel. Where deliverance of men from mental, emotional, physical, economic, or even political ills is considered the core of the gospel. And has become a seductive counterfeit gospel for most of the world.
But Christ never allowed Himself to be placed in a pigeon hole. Not by the High Priests, not by the Pharisees, the Saducees, the Romans or the people in general. Even by his own disciples.
His was to fulfill the ministry of His Father; and He was determined to follow only that which the Father told Him to say and do.
He came to be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. To rule forever in a kingdom that is “not of this world“.
Looking Toward Heaven
This is why we are warned not to entangle ourselves in the affairs of this life. To avoid the hollow pursuits that drag us down in into the “system of this world”. With the vain hope that we can improve this wicked terrestrial ball, called Earth.
Because this world system is, for a season, still under the control of Satan. Under the dominion of the “prince of the power of the air”.
In contrast, the Kingdom of Jesus Christ is all about the world to come. The New World that the Lord Himself will bring about by His own hand. The establishment of His reign of a Thousand Years followed by the Creation of a New Heaven and a New Earth.
So look again at the opening verse. What an amazing statement. This was no poetic license he took in saying that the “stones would cry out“. This was literal truth!
Because HE was and is the Creator. He made all things. All things were created by Him and for Him.
Yet here He was, riding on a lowly donkey.
The whole Bible is filled with these “Easter eggs”. Just like the special clues hidden within modern films; images hidden by the Director for fans to search out. The biblical “Easter eggs” are statements found throughout the Bible that reveal the deity of Jesus Christ.
That demonstrate He is the Holy One of God. That HE is the God from eternity past to eternity future riding on this lowly animal in this pivotal moment in human history.
Perhaps, in the midst of all this, the donkey understood his place better than most of the humans watching this procession. This lowly animal knew His Creator and His purpose in His Creation. Most men never will.
They did not recognize their “Day of Visitation”. When God was physically in their midst.
Let us glorify God. Praise Him for all He was preparing to do for us as He entered Jerusalem. And for the wonderful Salvation He now offers to all men who will trust Him.
And to help you with that, check out this soundtrack, from an old movie. Sit back, close your eyes and listen to this wonderful, orchestral backdrop to His triumphal entry. From one of the greatest composers of film music, Miklos Rozsa.
Note; This appears to be a person’s individual’s performance of that piece using a keyboard; but it is still very good. I would also highly recommend checking out the various other musical clips you will see from the film. And don’t miss the clip featuring the University of Hawaii students playing this at a mall! Man, would I have loved to have been there!