v 5. “Tell the people of Jerusalem, ‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey—riding on a donkey’s colt.’ “
Again, Matthew looks back to the Old Testament, to Zechariah 9:9, to explain the way in which Jesus rode into Jerusalem. He is not a triumphant King riding a magnificent war horse. King – YES. Triumphant – YES. But now the humble One with His eyes fixed on Calvary. This was not the Messianic entry to the Holy City expected by those looking for the overthrow of the Romans; Jesus had in mind a much greater victory than that. He did not come into the world to fight against flesh and blood; His battle was against the spiritual powers of darkness. He knew what that battle would involve and how Satan would stretch Him to the limit, but He approached Jerusalem humbly, trusting His Father for the outcome.
For a few brief days the crowd stayed loyal. They welcomed Him with palm branches and hung on His every word; they listened to Him in the Temple and watched Him as He healed the sick and confronted the hypocrisy of the religious leaders.
It is Luke who sheds light on Jesus’ understanding of the situation as He faces the small mob that came to arrest Him and he asked the soldiers (Luke 22:53) ‘ Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there every day. But this is your moment, the time when the power of darkness reigns.” Satan threw everything into the battle – it was his moment – and for a few hours it looked as if he might be in the ascendancy, But the coming King stood upright, and went on to face his religious opponents as they tried one final ploy to defeat Him