Yeshua’s entry into Jerusalem at Pesach has always fascinated me.
Yeshua is portrayed riding into Jerusalem, being welcomed by a throng of cheering people spreading palm branches, and even their clothing, on the road before him, a solitary figure riding serenely on the back of a donkey, a king on the way to claim his kingdom. This event has been labeled as the "Triumphal Entry," and indeed it was. But it seems to me, the people praising him were his own disciples and followers that had made the journey with him from the Galilee.
According to Luke 19:35-40, it was his own people who mounted him on the colt, who spread their garments before him. Most importantly, Luke describes the scene in Luke 19:37. "As he was now approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of disciples began to praise GOD joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen saying: "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD; peace in heaven and glory in the highest."
I liken this tumultuous scene to many political conventions, when a candidate’s nomination is announced, and his (or her) boisterous supporters leave their seats, waving banners and parading around the auditorium. What a witness the followers of Yeshua were to the people that were watching! So much so that the Pharisees in the crowd demanded that Yeshua quiet them down. Yeshua answered, "I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out." (Luke 19:40).
How do you compare to these earlier witnesses? Are you bold in proclaiming Yeshua to strangers? Are you led to step out and witness to your unsaved family members? Do you fear offending the local Jewish leaders in our community? Will you desert the Messiah in times of persecution, or even the disapproval of others?
These early followers of Yeshua shrank away during his trial and crucifixion. But in their defense, Yeshua was not yet the risen LORD. We, on the other hand, serve the risen LORD. Our witness as Messianic believers should be bold and forthright. Our lives and lifestyles should reflect the joy of serving the Messiah Yeshua. Our message is that we are followers of Yeshua the Messiah, and that he alone is the Hope of the World.