Mathew 21. Forum Discussion

Jesus enters Jerusalem in what is referred to as, “The Triumphal Entry.” He sends two disciples out with instructions on how to bring to Him a donkey so that He would fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold your King is coming to you,
Gentle, and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”

The disciples did what Jesus asked. As Jesus entered Jerusalem on that donkey, there was a large crowd witnessing His arrival. The crowd laid down their coats in the road that Jesus was traveling on and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds ahead of Jesus and those behind Him were shouting,

“Hosanna to the Son of David;
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord;
Hosanna in the highest!”

Let’s think about the phrase, “Triumphal Entry.” In many ways it was triumphal because Jesus was fulfilling what He was sent to do. His sacrifice would provide for the forgiveness of sins for all and that is reason to rejoice. There is also a great sadness about what is taking place. Jesus is about to be crucified and He has done nothing wrong. He will be beaten, spat on and killed. And despite all the hate that He bore, He still will plead to God, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”

Jesus is greeted by the chief priests and the elders who ask Him, “By what authority are You doing these things, and who gave You this authority?” Jesus, knowing the hardness of their hearts said to them, “I will also ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John was from what source, from heaven or from men?” Not surprisingly the chief priests and elders of the people do not answer the question with what they feel is the right answer. Instead, they think more about how their answer will be perceived by the people. They answer Jesus, “We do not know.” Jesus says to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

Mathew 21 concludes with two parables, “The Parable Of The Two Sons” and “The Parable Of The Landowner.” The first parable tells of two sons. One says he will do the will of his father but does not. The second says that he will not do the will of his father, but afterward regretted what he said and did it. Jesus points out that it is the second son who did the will of his father. Jesus proceeds to tell them a second parable, “The Parable Of The Landowner.” After Jesus tells them both parables, they understood that Jesus was talking about them. The chief priests and Pharisees would have seized Jesus right there except that they feared the reaction of the multitudes.

As Jesus approaches the day of His crucifixion, He remains determined to fulfill His purpose on the cross. John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” - Amen

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