What was the triumphal entry?
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When Christians talk about the "triumphal entry," we mean the day that Jesus rode into the city of Jerusalem on a donkey.
A long time ago, God used men called prophets to give God’s people special messages from Him. Many times, God would tell the prophets about something that was going to happen in the future. God told the prophet Zechariah that one day, a king would ride into Jerusalem on a donkey (see Zechariah 9:9). This king would be Jesus.
Many, many, years later, those words would come true. When Jesus and His disciples were on their way to Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Passover (a Jewish holiday), Jesus stopped before they went into the city. He asked His disciples to get a donkey so He could ride it into Jerusalem. He did this so He could show the people that He is the king the prophet Zechariah was talking about. Jesus’ disciples obeyed Him and brought the donkey for Jesus to ride. They put their coats on the donkey so Jesus could sit on the coats.
Many people in Jerusalem had heard about Jesus and the things He taught and the miracles He did. So they were very excited that Jesus was coming! So when Jesus rode in on the donkey, the Bible says, "A very large crowd spread their coats on the road. Others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Some of the people went ahead of him, and some followed. They all shouted, 'Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!'" (Matthew 21:8–9). They believed that Jesus was coming to save them from the people who were ruling over them, the Romans.
This true story is called the "triumphal entry." But Jesus wasn’t riding into Jerusalem to save people from the Romans. He was actually planning to die on a cross to save the world from sin. He would then show real triumph over death by rising again three days later. If you believe in Him, He will save you from your sins too!
"As they all approached Jerusalem ... Jesus sent out two of his disciples. He said to them, 'Go to the village ahead of you. Just as you enter it, you will find a donkey’s colt tied there. No one has ever ridden it. Untie it and bring it here'" (Mark 11:1–2).
"When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up. The people asked, 'Who is this?' The crowds answered, ‘This is Jesus. He is the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee'" (Matthew 21:10–11).