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The Triumphal Entry

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The Triumphal Entry

Matthew 21:1–11 NIV
1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5 “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ” 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” 10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” 11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
All four Gospels record this occasion and its significance.
Matthew 21:1–3 NIV
1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
Jesus has come to Bethphage which means house of unripe figs. He is just about 2 miles outside of Jerusalem.
Jesus sends two of his disciples to get a donkey and her colt for Him.
Matthew 21:4–6 NIV
4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5 “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ” 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them.
Matthew 21:4–5 NIV
4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5 “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”
Matthew 21:4–5 NIV
4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5 “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”
Matthew 21:
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Jesus enters Jerusalem not on a great horse and but on a colt. A young donkey.
A horse is a king would ride into battle. A colt of a donkey was ridden as an animal of peace.
From a Hummer to a Cadillac.
Jesus arrives humble and in peace.
Matthew 21:6–9 NIV
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
The disciples went as instructed.
A very large crowd spread their cloaks and branches to make a path of royalty for Christ the King.
The crowds shouted Hosanna! Hosanna!
The words with which the Savior was welcomed by the multitude are drawn from...
Psalm 118:25–26 NIV
25 Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success! 26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the Lord we bless you.
Psalm 118:25
“Lord, save us!”
The Hebrew word here is Hosanna which is translated “Save now.”
Matthew 21:10–11 NIV
10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” 11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Our Lord forces Jerusalem to consider His claims for one final moment.
I would like to do the same here. I want you to consider the claims Jesus himself made.
Some are here and have considered this many times and have halfheartedly believed.
Some here and have believed this is nothing more than a nice story.
Some here know that this is so much more than a nice story. They have totally surrendered to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Which are you? In a moment we are going to have a great time. There will be joy and fun. But that “feeling of joy” will flee quickly is you believe this is just a nice story or halfheartedly call yourself a Christian.
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