9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
28 And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.
29 And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples,
30 Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither.
31 And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.
32 And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them.
33 And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt?
34 And they said, The Lord hath need of him.
35 And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.
36 And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way.
37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,
2 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.
3 And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.
4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,
5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
6 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,
7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.
8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.
9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
Here is the scene of Jesus' triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem. The people were all excited and aroused. Jesus is the man who has done many miracles for them and now they assume that he is riding into Jerusalem to take command of the nation. They are assuming that finally the son of David, Israel's most revered king, has come to destroy the Roman government and set up the eternal rule of Israel over the world.
While the people are seeking one thing, the leaders of the country and the church are angling to destroy Jesus. He is upsetting them and telling the people the truth about them. He is telling the people what hypocrites that their rulers are. Jesus has come on the scene and the people are all excited, but when Jesus throws the money changers out of the temple, the rulers see their means of income disappearing.
How can the people be so for an individual one day, but the next week they want to see the same person dead or be for a policy one day and the next day be against it? Look at the polls concerning the bombing of Serbia. On the day before the bombing the polls indicated that the majority of the people against the bombing, but a couple of days later their opinion shifted. If the people of the United States are like that today, is it any wonder that the people in the days of Jesus were shouting his accolades one day and less than a week later they were shouting, ``Crucify him!''
The people of today are the same as the people of 2000 years ago. They can be swayed by extravagant speech of the politicians and the wiles of the devil. There are ``experts'' in the field of swaying public opinion. Today they are called public relations firms, advertising agencies, and etc. How many times have you been swayed to buy something only to realize the the item was really a piece of junk? There are ineffective lemon laws to ``protect'' you from such, but trying to get anything is next to impossible. If the Christian is not extremely careful, he too will be deceived by the treacherous lies that are told by PR firms and advertising agencies. The country of Kuwait spent millions on a New York PR firm to get the US involved in desert storm. Look at how they were able to sway the opinion of the people.
If Jesus came today, there would be the same response from the people as there was 2000 years ago. One week the people would adore him while the next week the people would have him crucified.
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