The Lord Jesus was now entering in upon the final great saga of His earthly ministry.  As they approached Jerusalem, He knew that there remained yet another great prophecy yet to be fulfilled.  In light of this knowledge, He commanded two of His disciples to go find an ass tied together with its colt, and to bring them to Him.  So confident was He of His power over the minds of men, that He affirmed if the owners of the beasts protested, they need only inform them that the Lord had need of the animals, and they would be content.  All this, Matthew tells us, was done to fulfill the word of the prophet, “Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.”  This was yet another fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy which should have confirmed to Israel that they were seeing God’s Messiah.

At that point, the crowds viewed Jesus very positively, and many were willing to receive Him as the promised Redeemer.  They hailed Him as a King, and shouted hosannas to the Son of David, meaning that they recognized Him as David’s greater Son.  No doubt, had He called for a crown and demanded the people submit to His authority, the common people would have been willing to do so, and even to fight the Roman legions with pitchforks and axes at a word from Him.  But, though Jesus was by right the true King of the Jews, yet His kingdom is not an earthly one.  He had no intention of overthrowing the civil power of the Roman rulers, nor even of deposing the wicked men who composed the Sanhedrin.  He was, and is, a King over a spiritual kingdom, and His true subjects find it necessary to yield loyalty and obedience to Him even above and beyond that they owe to the civil powers.