April 09, 2019

Jesus Enters Jerusalem


Th next eight articles tell the story of Jesus Christ during his last week of his ministry. They have been excerpted from my gospel/novel "Am I Your Son?" 

The life of Jesus: His triumphant entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday in Christian tradition).

Wednesday April 5, 30 A.D. A man dressed in a white robe with a purple sash appears on the top step of the entrance to the inner Temple Courtyard. It is the High Priest. Standing on the top step, he looks down at the throng of people below him in the Woman’s Courtyard. He scowls. Three other men, also dressed in white robes with smaller sashes join him. The High Priest surveys the crowd again and turns to one of his companions.

“There is too much excitement in the air. These fools can talk of nothing but this man Jesus. We must be ready to deal with him. Assemble the Sanhedrin Counsel.

“Only a few of the 71 are in Jerusalem. They are not scheduled to arrive until tomorrow.”
“Then find as many as you can and bring them to the Royal Porch tomorrow afternoon.”
“What do you plan to do?”
“We must deal with this man Jesus.... We will bring his blasphemy before the Council.... With their support, we can end his sacrilege.... Permanently.”

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Friday April 7, 30 AD.  Passover (which by Jewish tradition, started at dusk last night and will end at dusk next Thursday night) had begun. As his popularity grew, the people of Galilee, Samaria, and Judea began to look upon Jesus as their Messiah, the man who would defeat the Romans and free the Jews from the tyranny of a hated dictatorship. He was already held in high esteem as a venerated religious teacher. It was but a short step to imagine he also had overwhelming political power.

Sunday April 9, 30 AD. It was a beautiful morning. Jesus went to the Mount of Olives with his Apostles. They had secured a donkey for him to ride when he entered Jerusalem. Bartholomew removed his robe and spread it on the donkey’s back. Then he helped Jesus onto the donkey. Jude took the reins to lead the donkey into the city.

As they came down from the Mount of Olives, Jesus and his Apostles were cheered by a large crowd of excited disciples and pilgrims. The closer to the city they got, the larger the crowd became. The joyful noise of the people who lined the road was deafening.

“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord,” called his disciples “Peace in heaven and glory to God!”

The Pharisees in the crowd were very unhappy. As usual, the Sadducees could only sneer at this upstart.
“Tell them to stop!” shouted a Pharisee to Jesus.

Jesus looked down on the man. “If they were unable to cry out, the stones on the road would cry out in their place.”

They crossed the Kidron Valley and slowly made their way up the winding road to the Temple Mount. Pilgrims and disciples spread palm branches in the road to keep down the dust. The cheers grew louder. Jesus began to weep.

“Oh Jerusalem, the day of your destruction is coming because you did not recognize the arrival of your true God.”

The procession stopped at the Temple Mount, near the Shushan Gate. Jesus dismounted, climbed the steps, and began to speak to the crowd. The people were so excited, they frequently interrupted his speech with jubilate cheers. Many believed: Jesus was the Messiah. Their King had arrived. He would free them from Roman rule.

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Ron

“Am I Your Son”

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