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As you read through the Palm Sunday story this weekend at church, there’s a few things I want to point out to you that might rock your world.
The Gospels say Jesus, rode into Jerusalem on that colt of a donkey who had never been ridden. That actually fulfilled a prophecy in Zechariah 9 written like 500 years before Jesus was born. It says:
Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (meaning he has never been ridden before)
The new testament talks about how we’re “redeemed by the blood of the lamb.” (It goes back to the Old Testament law where the blood of a lamb acted as temporary atonement for our sin.) But the New Testament explains how Jesus IS that sacrificial lamb- to atone for our sins once and for all. (That's what Easter is all about - taking the sacrifice and overcoming death)
But here’s something else that’s really interesting from the Old Testament that ties into the Palm Sunday story. Back in Exodus 13 when it lays out all the Jewish laws for Passover, It says "in order to keep the colt of a donkey, you must take the life of a lamb in order for that young colt to live. Otherwise, you break-the-neck of that colt and do not allow it to live; it must be redeemed by the blood of the lamb."
Isn't that amazing how Jesus and the donkey go so much deeper than just symbolism?