Donkey – The Triumphal Entry, Luke 19:28-44

This is the day on which Jesus, as the Messiah, made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. He rode a young donkey in preparation for His crucifixion, which took place five days later.

Disciples laid palm leaves for Jesus to ride over and also waved them to declare him as King.

In the modern Christian calendar we call this day Palm Sunday, which celebrates this Triumphal Entry. It was either 6 April AD32, or 4 April AD33. In either case it was the 10th Nisan in the Jewish calendar, no matter which year in the Gregorian calendar.

Jesus fulfills another prophecy from the Old Testament of over ten prophecies that He fulfilled that week.

Jesus also for-filled over 300 specifications of His coming, death and resurrection.

Background Reading:

The Triumphal Entry – The King Enters Jerusalem

19:28 After Jesus had said this, he traveled on and went up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples on ahead. 30 “Go into the village ahead of you,” he said. “As you enter, you will find a colt tied up that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it along. 31 If anyone asks you why you are untying it, say this: ‘The Lord needs it.’”

32 So those who were sent went off and found it as Jesus had told them. 33 While they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”

34 The disciples answered, “The Lord needs it.” 35 Then they brought the colt to Jesus and put their coats on it, and Jesus sat upon it.

36 As he was riding along, people kept spreading their coats on the road. 37 He was now approaching the descent from the Mount of Olives. The whole crowd of disciples began to rejoice and to praise God with a loud voice because of all the miracles they had seen. 38 They said,

“How blessed is the king

who comes in the name of the Lord!

Peace in heaven,

and glory in the highest heaven!”

39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd told Jesus, “Teacher, tell your disciples to be quiet.”

40 He replied, “I tell you, if they were quiet, the stones would cry out!”

41 When he came closer and saw the city, he began to grieve over it: 42 “If you had only known today what could have brought you peace! But now it is hidden from your sight, 43 because the days will come when your enemies will build walls around you, surround you, and close you in on every side. 44 They will level you to the ground—you and those who live within your city limits. They will not leave one stone on another within your walls, because you didn’t recognize the time when you were visited.”
Luke 19:28-44
Further reading:— Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, John 12:12-19, Psalm 118, Zechariah 9:9

More Information:

Jerusalem, which hosted over a million pilgrims annually for three religious festivals, was approximately 2.6 square kilometers, or a square mile in area. The population was approximately two hundred thousand permanent inhabitants.

From AD6 onwards, Jerusalem was governed by a number of Roman procurators: Coponius AD6—AD9; Marcus Ambivulus AD9—AD12; Annius Rufus AD12—AD15; Valerius Gratus AD15—AD26; Pontius Pilate AD26—AD36; Marcus Antonius Felix AD52—AD59 and Porcius Festus AD59—AD62.

On 14 March 445BC Artaxerxes Longimanns made a decree that the Temple in Jerusalem could be rebuilt and 173,880 days later Meshiach Nagid rode in on a donkey’s colt, 6 April AD32 see Ezra 7:13—28.

We do not know either the name, or breed, of Jesus’ donkey, simply that it was the colt of an ass.

38 years later in AD70 by Titus Flavius Vespasianus, the son of the then present Roman Emperor (Titus Flavius Vespasianus) known as Vespasian, took Jerusalem after 9 months siege and killed about one million inhabitants, fulfilling prophecies in both the Old and New Testaments.


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