All four gospels record Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. There is no doubt in my mind that he purposefully enacts the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9.
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on an ass, on a colt the foal of an ass.
Jesus called his shot. In the 1932 World Series Babe Ruth pointed to the fence with his baseball bat and then hit a home run. He called his shot. Jesus called his shot when mounted “a cold the foal of an ass and rode into Jerusalem.” Those who say that Jesus had no messianic consciousness must find a way to set aside things like the triumphal entry, and the fact that Jesus appointed twelve disciples to be with him, one for each of the twelve tribes in Israel. Of course, Jesus also knows he is a different kind of Messiah. He came not to conquer and reign but to suffer and die. “The son of Man came not to be served,” he said, “but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Or, as St. Paul said of Jesus, “He died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures.” (Go to page 2)