The Jews of Jesus’ day were looking for deliverance from Rome. With that in mind, if we look at Zechariah chapter 9 it’s not hard to see why they were so excited when Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem.
Zechariah 9 speaks of Jerusalem’s deliverer, and it is powerful! It’s exciting! Verse 8 says “But I will defend My house against marauding forces. Never again will an oppressor overrun My people, for now I am keeping watch.” That’s just one verse of it, the rest is in the same vein.
This “Triumphant Entry” of John 12 was the same event in which Jesus said that if the people didn’t worship Him then the rocks would cry out. These people were pumped. But when it turned out He wasn’t making a physical kingdom, we see a shift in the crowds. It wasn’t long after this entry that the crowds shouted “Crucify!”
Do we do the same thing? We see the behaviour of these people as foolish, but then we go about our lives expecting God’s deliverance for us to be an earthly one. And when He doesn’t overthrow the Romans people get upset, they doubt Him, and they even put Him on a cross with their sins.
Read Zechariah 9, but recognize the truth of it. The real deliverance. We can, and certainly ought to shout “HOSANNA!” Our King has come, righteous and having salvation. He is gentle, and proclaims peace to His own. We will still face the hardships of this world if we live but a bit longer. Thank the Lord that His salvation for us is not simply from the temporary things, but from that which wages war on our souls.