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Nisan 9 and Your King is Coming

March 30, 2015

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Nisan 9 Daytime

When they got close to Jerusalem and arrived at Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them: “Go into the village that is within sight, and you will at once find a donkey tied and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If someone says anything to you, you must say, ‘The Lord needs them.’ At that he will immediately send them.”
This actually took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet, who said: “Tell the daughter of Zion: ‘Look! Your king is coming to you, mild-tempered and mounted on a donkey, yes, on a colt, the offspring of a beast of burden.’”
So the disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and its colt, and they put their outer garments on them, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their outer garments on the road, while others were cutting down branches from the trees and spreading them on the road. Moreover, the crowds going ahead of him and those following him kept shouting: “Save, we pray, the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in Jehovah’s name! Save him, we pray, in the heights above!”
And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in an uproar, saying: “Who is this?” The crowds kept saying: “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee!”

Matthew 21:1-11

The Jewish day begins at sundown, so today it’s still Nisan 9 during the daytime. Jesus and the apostles travel to Jerusalem. A prophecy in Zechariah stated: “Be very joyful, O daughter of Zion. Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem. Look! Your king himself comes to you. He is righteous, yes, saved; humble, and riding upon an ass, even upon a full-grown animal the son of a she-ass.” (Zech. 9:9) And so the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem of the King Elect of Jehovah’s Kingdom happens today, Nisan 9.

Jesus instructs the disciples to bring the donkey and her colt to him, but he couldn’t possibly have arranged for the reaction of the crowd to his coming. The report about the resurrection of Lazarus has spread far and wide and “the whole city was in an uproar” seeing Jesus arrive. Imagine the spontaneous joy of this amazing event. But the Pharisees have a different reaction. They say, “What are we to do, because this man performs many signs? If we let him alone this way, they will all put faith in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”… Therefore from that day on (the resurrection of Lazarus) they took counsel to kill him. (John 11:47, 48, 53)

Now that Jesus is in Jerusalem, the Pharisees “wanted to seize him, but they feared the crowds, because these regarded him as a prophet”. (Matthew 21:46)

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