FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PATRIARCH AND PRESIDING PRELATE
His All Holiness Sir Dr. Darrindel Hoyte-Johnson
Jesus Riding into Jerusalem on a donkey
Today I write to you as the PATRIARCH of this Noble and Worthy Mystical Order. God has been very good to us and has kept us in the safe hands of our Beloved Archbishop and Apostolic Head Dr. Godfrey Gregg. The Church is making strides to a higher plane and I am proud in the direction it is going. My fellow Ministers, brothers, sisters, friends and well-wishers I greet you in the Matchless Name of Jesus Christ. Nothing in this life or the life to come will separate us from the Love in Christ Jesus.
As we prepare to celebrate this symbolic day I urge you to arise out of your slumber and let God give us life. I do not write to you often but on this occasion I want you to see the purpose of us gathering to worship the True and Living God.
The Scripture teaches us way before Christ came and there is the prophecy in Zechariah chapter 9 and verse 9, which was fulfilled in Matthew chapter 21 and verse 5. You will be the judge after reading this message. You will have an opportunity to start afresh and follow the true directions.
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.” (Zech. 9:9)
The time for celebrating the Passover was approaching, and every festival brought thousands of faithful Israelites to Jerusalem. There was an undercurrent of talk among the people about Jesus, the man who had been teaching and performing mighty miracles throughout the region. Many had been healed of diseases and conditions considered hopeless. A man named Lazarus had even been raised from the dead after being in a tomb for four days.
There was great anticipation and excitement. Everyone wondered what Jesus would do next. But not all the people were excited about Jesus arriving in the city for the Passover. The scribes, chief priests, Pharisees, Sadducees and other religious leaders were afraid of Jesus, and wanted to stop His influence. But up to that point, they were unable to do anything because the people were listening to every word He said, and many were following Him. So it is in the different churches some fragments of the society will like to see the churches close their doors. We have to be very mindful of our actions to avoid a chain reaction.
Jesus and His disciples neared Bethpage, a small village by the Mount of Olives, about half a mile out of Jerusalem. Jesus instructed the disciples to go into the village, find a donkey and its colt, untie them and return the animals to Him, which they did. The disciples then laid their garments on the colt and helped set Jesus on it. (Matthew 21:5)
As Jesus began His exuberant entrance into Jerusalem, many people gathered on the road and spread their clothes in front of him. Others cut down branches and lay them on the road. The multitudes followed along, praising God for all the mighty works they had seen, and shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (Hosanna” means “Deliverer”)
By the time Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, the entire city was enthusiastic, and some people were saying, “Who is this?” Many said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.” Jealous and agitated at the uproar, some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” Jesus replied, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”
On this occasion, for a brief period of time, Jesus heard the words of praise and adoration He justly deserved. But those moments were fleeting. Jesus knew He was fulfilling scripture, and nearing the time when He would give His life as the perfect sacrifice for sin, the Lamb of God.
I trust that you will have a wonderful time of fellowship in your various churches. May Almighty God bless and keep you in His perfect will. I am your Leader.