Hope rose high on the Judean hillside that morning during a first-century spring. It was a hope desperately sought by a people oppressed. The dark hand of Rome gripped the Jewish people. It’s tax collectors were agents of extortion. Its soldiers instruments of destruction. Any threat to Rome was crushed mercilessly.
But into this darkness came a light – a Baby born in a manger. Few noticed the arrival of the Light. More encountered its power. For those who did, life was never the same. The blind gained sight. The deaf heard. Demons were driven out. The lame walked. The hungry were fed. The outcasts were welcomed as friends.
Yes, the baby in the manger, Jesus, showed that he was truly Immanuel, God with us.
And on this spring morning, the hopes of a nation rode into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. Could this Jesus be their deliverer? A modern-day Moses to lead them from the tyranny of Rome? Could it be that the One they sought for centuries was riding into their midst just as the prophet foretold?
“Say to the daughter of Zion,
Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”
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