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Week 31 Bible Reading: Matthew 21:1–11

A Parade Of One

Your king is coming to you... gentle and riding on a donkey. - Zechariah 9:9 ICB

There are parades, and then there are PARADES!

You might think of a parade as the Christmas event in your town when Santa Claus rides on a float. Or maybe a Fourth of July parade with bands and local celebrities.

And then there are PARADES! In American history, the greatest parades focused on people such as Charles Lindbergh–the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Or the Apollo 11 astronauts, who were the first men to walk on the moon. These celebrations were marked by ticker-tape showers and crowds of adoring fans lining the streets of a major city as historically important people pass by.

But the greatest parade ever was quite different. It happened in Jerusalem two thousand years ago. It was a simple one-man donkey ride over a road covered with garments and palm branches.

Do you know what’s truly amazing? The prophet Zechariah wrote about this parade five hundred years before it happened. He said, “Your king is coming to you . . . gentle and riding on a donkey” (9:9 ICB).

When Jesus rode that donkey into Jerusalem, He was giving us one more reason to shout, “Hosanna!” which means “God saves!” Whether in a parade or in our prayers, Jesus deserves our praise!

Fun Fact

News reports from the August 13, 1969, parade of Apollo 11 astronauts say that millions of people lined the streets of New York to see Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong, and Buzz Aldrin.

Just You and God

Jesus, it would have been so cool to see you ride that donkey into Jerusalem! When I get to heaven, can we talk about what that was like?
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