He enters the Holy City as a King. But, He does not ride in on a glorious war stallion wearing a royal robe. He is mounted on a donkey and wears a peasant’s cloak. He enters the Holy City as a King. But, He is not surrounded by a vast and powerful army. He is surrounded by peasant pilgrims and children. He enters the Holy City as a King. But, He is not headed to a luxurious palace to sit on a golden throne and don a beautiful crown of jewels. He is headed to a hill outside the city walls to be enthroned on a cross while donning a crown of thorns. He enters the Holy City as a King. But, it is not an earthly Kingdom He comes to establish. His Kingdom is not of this world. He enters the Holy City as a King. And, as a King, He comes to conquer His enemies. But, He will not employ His army, which is not of this world, to conquer His enemies by force. His battle-plan is the most peculiar ever drawn up in the history of man, for it calls for His army to stand idle while He, the King, allows Himself to be handed over to His enemies, mocked and beaten, spit upon and treated shamefully, and finally nailed to a cruel instrument of torture to suffer an agonizing and painful death. And while it seems so ludicrous to our sinful human reason, the successful execution of this bizarre battle-plan, which was crafted before the foundation of this world was laid, accomplished the complete and utter defeat of this King’s enemies. His death won the victory He set out to accomplish – the victory over sin, death, and the devil.