Vs. 7, “When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it.” Jesus’ ministry is now coming to an end. In our opening scene, Jesus is getting ready for the triumphal entry in Jerusalem (vs. 1-11). We see another example of Jesus’ omniscience as he directs the disciples to go and retrieve a colt. In the Gospel of Matthew, he records a colt and a donkey (Matthew 21). Jesus rode in on a donkey as prophesied by the prophet Zechariah (Zechariah 9:9). It’s important to note that the donkey was in fact an animal that was very appropriate for a king to ride on (I Kings 1:33). The people initially welcomed and praised Jesus as many thought He was coming to help overthrow the current Roman regime. However, this triumph of Jesus would not be with pageantry and festivities, but it would be shown on the cross. The next morning, Jesus would reenter Jerusalem (He was staying in Bethany during the night) and come to clear the temple (vs. 12-19). There are many factors involved in understanding this, but it’s important to note that the temple and OT practices would soon be obsolete after the Roman destruction in 70 A.D. There was much corruption in the temple sacrifices and selling of the animals. There was also the impediment of preventing Gentiles from being able to worship because of all the commotion (vs. 17). The cursing of the fig tree (vs. 12-14; 20-25) illustrates not only the nation Israel, but the lack of spiritual fruit from the temple worship. And lastly, we se another scene of the chief priests approaching Jesus to corner Him into blasphemy (vs. 27-33). Jesus masterfully turns their question with His own question that dumbfounds them.
Regarding application…Faith in God? Vs. 22, “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.” It’s important to see the context of Jesus’ example of having faith in God: prayer (vs. 23-25). The Jews epitome of prayer was a location: the temple. That would soon be destroyed. But, faith in God is not in a tangible object. Having faith in God is shown in our dependence upon Him through our prayers. For many Christians, we eagerly claim that we have faith in God. But a good litmus test for faith in God is the heart for prayer and doing it. The more we pray, the more we will be able to confidently do the seemingly impossible. The more we pray, we will be able to love and forgive others (vs. 25). The more we pray, our faith in God will be a positive example for the world that needs to know Jesus! Question: Do you have faith in God?