The account of the Triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem just days before His crucifixion appears in all four gospels. However there is a very significant miracle that occurred on that day that is all too often overlooked.
Zechariah made the prophecy of the chosen mode of transportation for Jesus to make His entrance into Jerusalem: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.” Zechariah 9:9
The fulfillment of the prophecy is recorded in Matthew 21:1-9, Mark 11:1-9, Luke 19:29-38 and John 12:14-15. The summary story is that Jesus told the disciples to go get the foal of a donkey and bring it back to Him, and they did. They threw their coats over this young donkey, Jesus sat on Him, and they led the donkey through a wild parade with people throwing their coats at his feet for the donkey to walk on, waving palm leaves and shouting. Luke adds a little detail the other gospel writers chose to not include… this was a donkey “on which no one has ever sat”.
This is where some information will shed some wonderful light on this beautiful miracle. No one had ever sat on this particular young donkey before. This young donkey was unbroken and untrained. If you don’t understand the normal equine nature, you will fly right by this and not give it a second thought. Imagine instead if this young animal was a deer. Timid, easily frightened and easily overwhelmed by anything out of the ordinary and unfamiliar. That is the nature of all equine! To train a young colt to be ridden safely takes time and skill. I’ve trained a few dozen horses in my lifetime, and I can assure you NOBODY walks right up to a young, untrained colt, just throws a coat (not even a saddle… A COAT for crying out loud!) on their back, and hops on and heads to lead the county parade! That is a guaranteed trip to the emergency room or the morgue for any mere mortal, I don’t care how good of a horseman or trainer they are!!!
This is a miracle on the same magnitude as the lions not eating Daniel when he was thrown into their den, the ravens feeding Elijah (1 Kings 17:6), the great fish swallowing and transporting Jonah to Ninevah (Jonah 1:17), and the animals showing up at the ark, loading themselves, and getting along together (predator and prey) for months while at sea (Genesis 7). This miracle of Jesus riding “the foal of a donkey” represents His absolute sovereign influence of the nature of the animals He created, just like the other miracles where His power and influence of animals is on display. Don’t miss it!