Why Jesus chose an Ass to ride into Jerusalem

Jesus Christ riding into Jerusalem for Passover

Why Jesus chose an Ass to ride into Jerusalem, why not a Horse?

Jesus did not decide to make this public entrance into Jerusalem as a last bid for popular favor nor as a final grasp for power. Neither did he do it altogether to satisfy the human longings of his disciples and apostles. Jesus entertained none of the illusions of a fantastic dreamer; he well knew what was to be the outcome of this visit.

Having decided upon making a public entrance into Jerusalem, the Master was confronted with the necessity of choosing a proper method of executing such a resolve. Jesus thought over all of the many more or less contradictory so-called Messianic prophesies, but there seemed to be only one which was at all appropriate for him to follow. Most of these prophetic utterances depicted a king, the son and successor of David, a bold and aggressive temporal deliverer of all Israel from the yoke of foreign domination.

But there was one Scripture that had sometimes been associated with the Messiah by those who held more to the spiritual concept of his mission, which Jesus thought might consistently be taken as a guide for his projected entry into Jerusalem. This Scripture was found in Zechariah, and it said: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem. Behold, your king comes to you. He is just and he brings salvation. He comes as the lowly one, riding upon an ass, upon a colt, the foal of an ass.”

A warrior king always entered a city riding upon a horse; a king on a mission of peace and friendship always entered riding upon an ass. Jesus would not enter Jerusalem as a man on horseback, but he was willing to enter peacefully and with good will as the Son of Man on a donkey.

Although in some contexts, the ass (donkey) represents stupidity and stubbornness, the ass is primarily a symbol of humility, simplicity and long suffering.

4 thoughts on “Why Jesus chose an Ass to ride into Jerusalem”

  1. Hi,

    That’s great in English but what about the other languages? Are you sure Jesus will land into an English speaking country? I seriously doubt it as we (Christians) have to spread the word of God. Fact 75% of the World does not speak English. What do you decide? To keep it in English or to have your website written at least in French and Spanish?

    In Him,


  2. Enjoyed the read though I doubt he weighed his options before choosing the ass. I believe he, as God the Son, inspired Zechariah to speak those specific words knowing he would specifically fulfill them.

  3. riding upon an ass was a sign of meekness, hores’s were used in war after all Jesus came to serve, it showed humblenessi believe Jesus wept when he came into jerusalem

  4. In Freemasonry, “riding the goat” is an expression used for one who is initiated into Freemasonry. The expression “riding the ass ” means you have not been initiated into the Cult. God is showing throught the prophet that his coming one riding on the ass will be the Wisdom of God personified and that his wisdom has not be learned from men. Further down in Zechariah 9:13 he speaks of raising up the sons of God (disciples of Christ) against the sons of Greece (Freemasaonry). Read J.N. Casavis’ The Greek Origin of Freemasonry and compare it with the task of the early Christians in the Book of Acts.

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