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Our Savior Has Come!

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Matthew 21:1–17 NLT
As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. “Go into the village over there,” he said. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will immediately let you take them.” This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said, “Tell the people of Jerusalem, ‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt.’ ” The two disciples did as Jesus commanded. They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it. Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaven!” The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. “Who is this?” they asked. And the crowds replied, “It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out all the people buying and selling animals for sacrifice. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!” The blind and the lame came to him in the Temple, and he healed them. The leading priests and the teachers of religious law saw these wonderful miracles and heard even the children in the Temple shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David.” But the leaders were indignant. They asked Jesus, “Do you hear what these children are saying?” “Yes,” Jesus replied. “Haven’t you ever read the Scriptures? For they say, ‘You have taught children and infants to give you praise.’” Then he returned to Bethany, where he stayed overnight.
Matthew 21

Background

Jesus had been traveling toward Jerusalem for the Passover
Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.
The Pharisees wanted to kill Lazarus
A great number of pilgrims were also arriving in Jerusalem for the Passover
The Messiah had been promised and the Jews were waiting for Him
When they saw the miracles and works of Jesus they worship in a prophetic way! Declaring the promise of the Messiah fulfilled.
The Jews were expecting a King who would be greater than David. There expectation was that this King would restore their nation back to them and bring back the good old days.
They had no real clue as to their real condition or need.
Yet they worshiped Jesus and established Him as their king (at least in their hearts)
The priests and scribes attempted to silence them, but they were bold and would not be silenced.
Not everyone worshiped!
Zechariah 9:8–10 NLT
I will guard my Temple and protect it from invading armies. I am watching closely to ensure that no more foreign oppressors overrun my people’s land. Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt. I will remove the battle chariots from Israel and the warhorses from Jerusalem. I will destroy all the weapons used in battle, and your king will bring peace to the nations. His realm will stretch from sea to sea and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.
Zechariah 9:
Hosanna - Please Lord, Please Save us! Please Lord, give us success!
Psalm 118:25–26 NLT
Please, Lord, please save us. Please, Lord, please give us success. Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord.

Who is this?

Jesus caused quite an uproar in the city!
They new His name and where He came from but didn’t know Him!
Jesus is zealous for His people. So He goes to the temple the place of connection between God and man and remove the “thieves” Making a profit and a business off God’s meeting place.
Jesus said His temple will be called a house of prayer!
Jesus establishes the purpose of the House and then uses it!
Jesus heals in His house!
The religious ones are about to lose it! The leading priests and teachers and were indignant.!
A religious spirit is arrogant and does not consider acceptable anything it can’t control.
The worship bothered them, they wanted it to stop!
The enemy wants to stop you from worshiping God!
“Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants you have perfected praise”

Conclusion

The promise of the anointed saviour has been fulfilled. We have salvation, no longer orphans
He is here and will finish the work He started in us.
The finished work wont be what we thought it would be.
Jesus has established His church and uses her the way He wants to.
There are many wanting to keep you from worshiping don’t give in.
We are to worship like babes and infants, with pure joy.
Hosanna, Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord.
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