Eyewitness Bible Series – Easter Series – Episode 01 – Palm Sunday – The Lord Needs It.
Characters: Donkey Owner
Primary Scriptures: Matthew 21:1-17; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:29-44; John 12:1-19
Story Summary: The triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem
Location: Mount of Olives
Time: Circa 30 AD
In varying amounts of detail, the Triumphal Entry is described in all four gospel accounts. Only Matthew and John were present at the event, and all four gospel writers had different purposes in choosing the details of their story line.
Although the Triumphal Entry is traditionally taken to have happened on the Sunday before the crucifixion of Jesus, experts vary on the exact day it happened. John wrote that Jesus arrived in Bethany six days before the Passover, and indicates the entry happened the next day. Based on the placement of the passages in the other gospels, it could be interpreted that the entry could have happened as late as two days before Passover.
John says that people were going to see Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Matthew indicates a donkey and its colt were to be brought to Jesus, while the other three gospels mention only a colt. Luke indicates the colt had more than one owner. Mark and Luke have Jesus saying the colt will be unridden.
All of the writers have a common goal of relating the event and crowd’s reactions to at least two scriptures:
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion: shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.” Zechariah 9:9
“Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord.” Psalm 118:26