Date: March 25, 2018
Speaker: John Fonville
Category: Palm Sunday
Scripture: John 12:12–12:19
Tags: resurrection, Hallel Psalms, Cross, Messiah, Jerusalem, Passover, Son of David, Davidic King, Triumphal Entry, sign, kingship, Palm Sunday, donkey, Zechariah 9, palm branches, Hosanna, Psalm 118, Roman oppression, Egyptian slavery, Prince of Peace, miracle, Messiahip
Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem is found in all 4 Gospels. The accounts differ but do not conflict in any way. In Matthew’s account, Matthew tells us that when Jesus enters Jerusalem, the entire city is stirred up (21:10). The crowds are stirred up thinking Jesus is their conquering political king coming to set them free from Roman oppression. The religious establishment is stirred up, fearing that Jesus may usurp their power.
As Jesus enters, Matthew records that the crowds ask, “Who is this?” And some in the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee" (Matt. 21:10-11). To be sure, Jesus is the ultimate prophet (and teacher). However, Jesus, in His triumphant entry into Jerusalem, reveals far more than this. So then, who is Jesus? And, why is His triumphal entry into Jerusalem such an important event?