In our Palm Sunday sermon titled, JESUS PRESENTS HIMSELF AS KING, we read the Matthew account of that special day when Christ entered Jerusalem before dying for our sins on the cross (Matt. 21:1-11). Prior to this time, Jesus refused to be made Israel’s king (e.g. John 6:15/Matt 14:13; 17:19, etc.), but on this day He orchestrated a public demonstration of His role as “THE KING OF THE JEWS” for all to see (Matt. 27:37; Luke 23:38; Isa 62:11, etc.).
Calling Himself “Lord,” Jesus omnisciently directed two of his disciples to go ahead of him to a place where they would “find a donkey tied, and a colt with her…[and He said] bring them to Me” (Matt. 21:1-3). This was to fulfill God’s Word about Him in Zechariah 9:9, “…‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey…” (Matt. 21:4-5; Mark 11:2; Zech. 9:9, etc.). As Jesus “drew near… the city [He] wept over it” knowing the nation did not recognize “this [their] day…” when He had come to them (Luke 19:41-44; Ps. 118:24, Dan. 9:25-26, etc.).
The “very great multitude,” caught up in this momentous event, spread out their clothes and palm branches before Jesus as He rode humbly into Jerusalem (Matt. 21:6-9; John 12:13, etc.), and they sang, without fully understanding it, a Messianic Psalm:
“Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Hosanna in the highest!” (Psalm 118:25-26; John 12:16, etc.).
“Hosanna” means “save now!” and “the Son of David” is Israel’s King…
The whole city was thrown into an uproar as many asked, “Who is this?… [a] prophet…”(Matt. 21:9-10, etc.)? Pharisees understood and demanded Jesus silence the crowds, but Christ refused saying then even “the stones would… cry out” (Luke 19:39-40, etc.).
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