Luke 19: 35-36 “They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.”
So Jesus is riding the donkey on a pathway of garments and clothing. Mark and John say in their gospels that the people also used palm branches and laid them before the donkey trod over them.
A picture of both cultural and prophetic honour.
When the Israelites are aware that Jehu has been made king in 2 Kings 9: 13, this is what happened, “They quickly took their cloaks and spread them under him on the bare steps. Then they blew the trumpet and shouted, “Jehu is king!”
But of course this is false honour because it came from people who in not understanding his journey believed that the entrance into Jerusalem would be the commencement of a new season of victory for them all.
We can all honour someone if we think we are getting something from them.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves (Philippians 2:3)
You can be holy if you want something.
You can lay your life and garments down if you know you will be exalted.
Jesus was going to liberate them from the Romans.
The taxation system was going to end.
Their land would no longer be occupied.
So the crowd went wild in honour of Jesus.
However, they were honouring Jesus in line with their own preconceived ideas of who they thought he was and who they so desperately wanted him to be.
They got the right person. Jesus was indeed their Messiah. But they were wrong in what their Messiah was going to do.
So the question is this: Are you honouring someone because you want something from them? Is that someone your boss, leader, so called friend? Is it Jesus?
If so then is it false honour.