On Palm Sunday about 2000 years ago, excitement in Jerusalem was steadily mounting. The Passover would be in six days. Rumour was that Jesus the Prophet of Nazareth may come. His miraculous works were well known, the sick were healed, and even the dead were raised. Many thought He was the promised Messiah. They suffered long under Roman bondage. Would He claim the throne? Would He cast off the Roman yoke?
Their anticipation increased when they learned on Sunday morning that Jesus Christ was indeed coming. This was the moment they were waiting for. Matthew said, “Behold thy king cometh” [21:5]. And as He rode into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, many of the Passover visitors to Jerusalem cried out, “Who is this? Jesus did come that day, but not in the way they expected.
He came as Christ the Anointed One. The people were ready to anoint Him, King, that day, but He already had been anointed by God to become the Saviour of sinners and the King and Head of the Church. [Psalm 2:6, 7].
He came as Christ the Approachable One. He rode into the city, not on the back of a camel – the beast of state, nor on a high-prancing stallion – a beast of war, but on a humble donkey. On a donkey Jesus was approachable. Anybody can cry out “God be merciful to me a sinner” [Luke 18:13].
He came as Christ The Compassionate One. Jesus came down the Mount of Olives. It was there that the mighty Conqueror broke down in tears as He gazed over Jerusalem. No shout of triumph, just tears [Luke 19:42]. Jesus is compassionate toward seeking sinners.
He is Christ The Cleansing One. On entering Jerusalem He did not ascend the throne of Israel as some expected. He went straight to the Temple and began to cleanse it [Luke 19:41]. He pictures the human heart. Before He reigns over it He must cleanse it.