Christians traditionally regard Jesus as a peaceful Messiah, but his not using a donkey might suggest a less than perfectly peaceful agenda. There doesn’t appear to be anything in the Jewish scriptures which requires the use of such an animal; moreover, it’s completely implausible that Jesus would be experienced enough in handling horses that he could safely ride an unbroken colt like this.Matthew 21:7 says that Jesus rode on both and donkey and a colt, John says the rode on an donkey, while Mark and Luke () say he rode on a colt. It would have posed a danger not only for his safety, but also for his image as he attempts a triumphal entry into Jerusalem. None call him Messiah, Son of God, Son of Man, or any of the titles traditionally attributed to Jesus by Christians.Mark has a night pass between Jesus’ arrival and his cleansing of the Temple, but Matthew and Luke have one occur immediately after the other.The answer to all the problems in Mark’s description of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem is that none of it happened.Here we have Jesus entering Jerusalem in a manner very reminiscent of the entry of royalty and his disciples described him as “Lord.” All could have been used as evidence against him, but the absence of even a brief reference is noteworthy.
This reflects the twofold mission of Beth Tikkun Messianic Fellowship: to restore the church to its Jewish roots, and to introduce Jewish people to their Messiah, Yeshua.
That doesn’t matter, however, because it’s the Mount of Olives that carries theological weight.
The entire scene is rife with Old Testament allusions.
No, the crowds welcome him as someone coming “in the *name of the Lord” (from Psalms 118: 25-16).
They also praise the coming of the “kingdom of David,” which isn’t quite the same as the coming of the *king.