Today was what we now call Palm Sunday.
It was the day Jesus, their King, their Messiah, and conqueror rode into Jerusalem riding on the colt of a donkey. The crowds were jubilant, ecstatic and noisy—very noisy! (Mt. 21:1-11 )
Then the crowds fell silent.
The King, the Messiah of Israel came for his people and they fell silent—the triumphal fête came to an abrupt halt. What happened?
Five hundred years before Jesus lived the prophet Zechariah wrote:
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey (Zech. 9:9 ).
The Hebrew people knew God was sending them a Messiah, but they missed it. The Hebrew people knew God was sending a Saviour, but they missed it. The Hebrew people knew God was sending them a King, but they missed it.
What then? What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened; just as it is written,
“God gave them a spirit of stupor,
Eyes to see not and ears to hear not,
Down to this very day.”
And David says,
“Let their table become a snare and a trap,
And a stumbling block and a retribution to them.
“Let their eyes be darkened to see not,And bend their backs forever.(Rom. 11:7-10 ).”
Israel became immersed in tradition over God’s Word and they discounted the message of the prophets. Israel’s “scholars” squeezed the Holy Scriptures into their current circumstances.
Namely they were oppressed heavily under the heel of Rome and wanted “their saviour” to free them.
God sent a King that would free them eternally; they wanted a king that would rule free them temporally. Since the Redeemer God sent them did not seem to measure up, they rejected him.
As bad as that seems, that’s The Good News!
Since the Jews rejected their Messiah, the Gentiles could be “grafted in.” In other word Jesus turned to the nations until Israel would be grafted back in after Christ’s Second Coming.
Yet because of their unbelief you and I can come to Jesus and He will be our Lord and our Saviour.
In John 14:6 Jesus himself declared “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” That is how we come to Christ today and really that is how ancient national Israel was meant to come to God.
We read just a few verses earlier in John 14:3 Jesus also told his disciples before he was crucified that “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”
That’s Good News–That is for us today!