“Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.” Matthew 21:5
Today is known among Christians as “Palm Sunday.” This is the day that we celebrate our Lord’s entry into Jerusalem on a donkey. The crowds that surrounded Him were shouting, “Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest,” while waiving palm branches and covering the streets with their garments. They were expecting Him to announce His right to throne at that moment and seize power from the Romans.
That is not what He did. Instead, He rode straight to the temple and dumped the tables of those who were profiting from the sacrifices. He then chased them out of the temple with a whip and told them that the House of God was supposed to be a house of prayer and that they had made it into a den of thieves. The next morning as He was returning to the temple He found a fig tree without fruit on it. He cursed the fig tree for not having fruit on it . In that moment He cursed the fruitless tree of false religion and self righteousness rejecting all attempts to win salvation by our works. Salvation was declared a free gift on that day.