|(Jesus of Nazareth: Part 10)JESUS OF NAZARETH:
HIS TRIUMPHAL ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM
2. Matt. 16:21; 20:17-19 - Now, He sets His sights on Jerusalem and the culmination of His mission.
3. Matt. 21:1-11 - Final week begins w/ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The enthusiasm of the crowd would soon turn against Jesus as their hopes of a militaristic Messiah are shattered.
4. In Jesus entry, we will witness the attitudes & actions of the people, the religious leaders & Jesus, while learning valuable truths surrounding this event. (Parallel: Mk. 11:1-10; Lk. 19:29-40; Jno. 12:12-19).
I. THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF HIS ENTRY.
A. A Donkey Secured For His Entry - Matt. 21:1-7.
1. v. 1-2 - Two disciples sent into village (on east side of Mt. of Olives).
2. v. 3 - cf. Divine providence.
3. v. 4-5 - Fulfillment of Zech. 9:9.
B. The Enthusiasm Of The Crowd - Matt. 21:8-11.
1. v. 8 - Garments & branches spread (Expression of joy & token of victory - Lev. 23:40).
2. Shouts of honor & praise:
a. v. 9 - Hosanna - "Save now (we pray)"; A supplication for deliverance. They saw in Him the time for deliverance.
b. v. 9 - Son of David/Kingdom of David - Mk. 11:10 / King of Israel - Jno. 12:13/Peace & glory - Lk. 19:37-38 ("king" - v. 38).
c. v. 11 - "The prophet."
3. Testimony of His power - Jno. 12:17.
4. Crowd from Jerusalem joins in - Jno. 12:18.
5. They see in Him one with the power to achieve their objectives.
C. The Indignation Of The Jewish Leaders.
1. Some Pharisees confront Jesus - Lk. 19:39-40.
2. They sensed their loss of control over the people:
a. Jno. 12:19 - Frustration & outrage.
b. Mk. 11:18 - Feared him - Sought to destroy him.
c. Matt. 21:15-16 - Anger & hate.
3. These who should have been rejoicing were showing themselves to be the enemy!
D. Jesus Sorrow For Jerusalem - Lk. 19:41-44.
1. v. 41-42 - Deep agony - The city of David, over which God had been so long-suffering - Now fills its cup of iniquity by rejecting the Son of God & the peace He brings! (Matt. 23:37-39)
a. Matt. 23:36 -- 24:34 - "This generation".
b. cf. Mal. 3:1-5 - Prophesied - Fulfilled.
2. He knew this enthusiasm would soon turn into hate & cries of "Crucify Him!"
3. v. 43-44 - Certain judgment coming.....causes the Savior to weep!
II. SIGNIFICANCE OF JESUS TRIUMPHAL ENTRY.
A. It Indicates That He Will Die Voluntarily - Jno. 11:53-57.
1. v. 53-56 - Things will happen according to God's timetable.
a. v. 57 - Sanhedrin had issued arrest warrant.
b. Rather than anyone telling the Sanhedrin where He was, Jesus was openly forcing the issue of His arrest & death! - cf. Matt. 26:55
2. Jno. 10:17-18 - Volunteered Himself.
3. Lesson: He did this for you & me! - 1 Jno. 3:16.
B. Jesus Sets Himself Forth (Is Presented) As The Messiah.
1. Zech. 9:9 - Riding donkey fulfilled prophecy.
2. Lk. 19:38-40 - He in no way denies their praises.
a. v. 39 - Pharisees viewed them as blasphemous.
b. v. 40 - Whole creation would shout His praises!
3. Lesson: We must worship & praise Him as Messiah!
C. Jesus Shows The People The True Nature Of The Messiah.
1. He was not the earthly Messiah of Israel's dreams - cf. Mk. 11:10.
2. Zech. 9:9-10 - Nature of Messiah & His kingdom:
a. Lowly - Donkey associated with peaceful pursuits, not the rigors of war. (King, coming in/with victory!)
b. v. 10 - Chariot, horse, battle bow - Not the means of establishing or spreading His kingdom!
c. v. 10 - Prince of Peace - Isa. 9:6.
-With God & man - Rom. 5:1; Eph. 2:14-18.
3. Lk. 19:42 - They didn't perceive this, and turned on Him.
4. Jno. 12:16 - Only later did His disciples understand.
5. Lesson: We must conform our nature to His! - Phil. 2:5-8
1. The jubilance of this event soon faded as the people's expectations were not realized.
2. Nevertheless, our Savior's majesty & reign were on display at His entry into Jerusalem.
3. Accept the peace w/God He provides thru His loving sacrifice of Himself!