The Triumphal Entry
following is Bruce R. McConkie
s commentary of the parallel passages covered in the
above chapter of the student manual.
Reading the entire selection constitutes 37 pages.
Jesus Enters Jerusalem As King Messiah
Debate raged in all Jewry. Was Jesus of Nazareth, the prophet of Galilee, indeed the
Messiah? Had he in truth done the works and taught the doctrines of Israel's promised Deliverer?
Should the people follow him or wait for another?
In the midst of all this uncertainty, at the time of the Passover, when the question on
every lip was, `Will he come to the feast and make further claim of his divinity?' Jesus, as
though to place the capstone on all the testimony of Messiahship which he had previously borne,
arranged to fulfil in detail one of the great Messianic prophecies.
As was known and understood among the people, Zechariah had prophesied: "Rejoice
greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee:
he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an
ass." (Zech. 9:9.) Now as we see our Lord's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, amid waving palm
branches, riding over the careful placed clothing of the people, and accepting their acclamations
of praise and divinity, it is as though Zechariah had viewed the scene and written, not prophecy,
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Every detail of this unique episode joined in testifying of the identity of the central figure
in the picture. It was as though Jesus had said: `Many times I have told you in plain words and
by necessary implication that I am the Messiah. My disciples also bear the same witness. Now I
come unto you as the King of Israel in the very way that the prophet of old said I would; and
your participation in this event is itself a witness that I am he who should come to redeem my
Matt. 21:1. Bethphage] The district outside the walls of Jerusalem on the east which
extended to the Mount of Olivet; there also probably was a village by this name.
Jesus here manifests the gift of seership by describing in detail the exact events
which shall transpire; that is, as a seer (one who sees) he is describing what he foresees as
though he saw it then.
I. V. Matt. 21:2. A colt tied; loose it] There were not two animals brought to our Lord,
but one. This Inspired Version correction of Matthew's account brings it in harmony with the
accounts of Mark, Luke, and John.
Luke 19:33. The owners] Since the owners, learning that Jesus had need of their colt,
readily permitted the two brethren to take him, it is assumed they also were disciples.
Matt. 21:8. Spread their garments] Only kings and conquerors received such an
extraordinary token of respect as this. (2 Kings 9:13.) In every part of this triumphal entry to
Jerusalem, Jesus seems not only to permit but to court the adulation and homage normally
reserved for kings and great rulers.