Matt. 21:5 “Tell the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your King is coming to you,
Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”
The last week of Jesus’s life was a swirling panorama of images, prophetic images of the soon coming kingdom. It begin with the triumphal entry of Christ, he was making His final entrance into the city of David. He came on a donkey stirring prophetic visions from the book of Zechariah, “Behold, your King is coming to you”. It was impossible for his friends to hold back their joy, the city seemed to burst with praises, “Hosanna to the coming King!”. Just behind this picture was the unmistakeable expectancy of another coming. No one could express it, but they felt it, Jesus was prophesying with His actions about His Second coming.
The scene suddenly changed, one moment there was dancing and singing, the next moment there were scowls and accusations. The religious leaders were not happy, this was way out of bounds. “Tell the children to be quiet” they complained. Jesus response, “if they don’t worship the rocks will”.
From there Jesus entered the temple. Before you knew it He was turning over tables and driving people out with whips. “You have turned My Father’s house into a house of merchandise rather than a house of prayer”. He was cleansing the temple, preparing His house for a move of the Spirit.
The next picture is Christ teaching in the temple, healing the sick, ministering to the hurting. That’s what He always does. That’s what His house is for, that’s what He is doing today.
The next image from that week of weeks was Mary anointing Jesus with oil. The house was filled with the fragrance of the costly spikenard. What else could Mary do? After all He had done in her life all she could do was lay at His feet, wash them with tears, and anoint His head with oil. This is where the dissension in the disciples midst began to break out. “Why this waste? We should be feeding the poor rather than this extravagant display of worship.”
The next picture that comes to mind is the communion itself. As Jesus poured out the wine and broke the bread He was painting an eternal picture in our minds. The new and better covenant, a new way to live our lives was being introduced. The way into the Holiest of all was being openly portrayed. Jesus was restoring man to the Father. He came to die so that we could live. This final image came after supper. He began to wash their feet. He was actually showing them the ministry of the One coming after Him. He was prophesying about the age of the Holy Spirit. As we celebrate Palm Sunday and Easter this year our mind will turn to these images. We know His first coming was an assurance, an assurance that all things He spoke would soon be fulfilled.