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— Romans 10.17 —
With His face set like flint for Jerusalem, the days of concealing His identity are behind Jesus. Large crowds had gathered about Him and His disciples. The time for His Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem had come. Arrangements for this day had been made before the foundation of the world, but there was no way for the enthusiastic crowds to comprehend as much. They had their plans for their Messiah, too!
But how well did their ambitions align with the Master and Maker's? How well do ours even still today?
If you're able, please turn to Matthew 21 in a copy of God's Word, and join us in verses one through eleven for today's sermon entitled, "Who is this?"
21:1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
5 “Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”
blue = leaders only
growing in truth: Last week Jesus was hailed as Son of David by a couple blind men asking to be healed. Jesus mercifully healed them.
What is the mood of the crowd here and why?
The crowd is “stirred up” celebratory putting garments and greens down in front of jesus making a victory parade path. They thought Jesus was anointed by God he was doing miracles left and right. They had hope he would rescue them from the boot of the Romans. They hoped they finally had a “savior”.
Jesus, was and had been walking. Now he tells two disciples to go get a donkey that is tethered in an other town. Why?
Practically; the crowds were likely pressing in trying to see hear and touch the sensation; Jesus. The colt would keep him on a forward path through the clutching crowd and to the cross. Spiritually riding the colt in to Jerusalem fulfilled scripture. Zec9.9. Underscoring once again that Jesus, is the Messiah.
Pastor Paige taught that Jesus didnt ask for the donkeys as an owner would ask for his donkeys. What was Jesus’s authority for asking for the donkeys?
As Lord of all. Not just a lord but The Lord. As God. As King. It was not so much a request but an order given by the King of all.
What did Pastor Paige say was left out of the Zec9.9 citation?
Righteous and salvation.
People would have misunderstood salvation as a saving from Rome. They needed some distance. In hind site, they would understand Jesus, as righteousness and his offer of spiritual salvation through faith in his work on the cross. Then they would know he is the Messiah
What was the point of covering the road with garments and greens.
They were paving a victory parade path for their conquering hero. Offering their stuff and themselves. Effectively saying we will follow you into battle. Your the best chance we have to destroy our Roman oppressor.
How were they misunderstanding what Jesus was doing?
They wanted their worldly circumstances fixed but, Jesus, was addressing their eternal spiritual need to be reconciled to God. In spite of their wrong motives they were unwittingly participating in the fulfillment of scripture. By lining the path to the cross.
What does hosanna mean? rescue or save.
What is the title Son of David about?
The title effectively acknowledgment that Jesus is the messiah in the line of David. The two blind men called him by that title when asking for sight. Jesus delivered a supernatural healing as only God could. Jesus is God.
The people that were in the crowd around Jesus acknowledged him as Son of David (they had witness the miracles.) When they got to Jerusalem the people there asked “who is this”. What was the answer given and what implication does it have.
Matthew was writing to show the Jews that Jesus is the messiah. Citing the crowds question should cause the Jews and others to look closely at Jesus and answer the question; Jesus, is the messiah we have been hoping for, our rescuer. They answer partially he is a prophet (someone who speaks for God) from Nazareth. Effectively saying he is from nowhereville and with out credentials. They get the facts about him right but not who He is to them.
sharing life together: Do you know facts about Jesus but wonder if you know Jesus as well as He would like you to? How can we help one another know Jesus better?
living on mission: Are we effectively proclaiming Jesus as messiah Sunday and daily to our community? How can we do a better job answering the question. Who is Jesus?