The day after the fateful anointing at Bethany, Jesus proceeded up to Jerusalem. The Book of John tells us, “A huge crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, “Praise God! Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel! Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said:’ Don’t be afraid, people of Israel. Look, your King is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt’.” John 12: 12-15 NLT
The Bible says that the disciples didn’t realize at the time that they were even a part of prophetic fulfillment. It’s interesting to note that these men who had proclaimed Jesus Messiah did not realize that the Messiah would be hailed in Jerusalem while riding on a donkey’s colt. So as they collected the donkey for their master no one put that strange set of circumstances together with the prophecy from Zechariah 9:9.
Stranger still was the reaction of the Pharisees upon seeing Jesus ride into town.
“Then the Pharisees said to each other, ‘We’ve lost. Look, the whole world has gone after him’!” John 12:19 NLT
Now there is a prophetic statement if I have ever heard one. They knew they had lost they even spoke the truth out loud. Yet they insisted on continuing to try to rid themselves of Jesus!
It’s amazing how blind they were to the atmosphere of promise that swirled around them in ever-increasing thickness. It makes me wonder how blind we are to our own atmospheres of prophecy and promise. What are we missing as we live out our lives before Jesus?
I look to the East and wonder how anyone can mistake the signs of the times. Jesus came into Jerusalem then as king and he is coming again! While the “whole world” did not really go after him then, next time ” every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phil. 2:10,11 NLT
Let’s not miss this Once and Future King!