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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | August 23, 2018

The Triumphal Entry. Dr. Robert L. Horton

The triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem (see Matt. 21, Mark 11, Luke 19) just a few days before His crucifixion raises interesting questions. Prior to this occasion, Jesus instructions were to keep quiet about His person whether it was the demons He cast out, people He healed, or even His own disciples after they confessed Him to be the Messiah (Matt. 16:13-20) or saw His glory on the mount of transfiguration (Mark 9:9). So why at this time does He enter Jerusalem in such a way as to make obvious His identity as the Messiah? Knowing the Scriptures, the Jewish people recognized the fulfilment of Zechariah (9:9), and they responded with verses from Psalm 118:25-26 that belong only to the Messiah. Clearly, Jesus orchestrated this event.

There are at least a couple reasons for this change in the way Jesus interacted with the crowds. First, He is and knew Himself to be the Messiah, the Son of God, and worthy of worship. As He enters Jerusalem as prelude to His crucifixion He said that the stones would cry out if the people were silent (Lk. 19:40). And second, it was time for Him to be recognized and acknowledged for who He is. Just as one day “every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (see Phil. 2:10-11). So on this moment in history, Jesus causes all those present to confess Him. For some, this was mere excitement; a couple days later they will cry out “crucify Him.” For others, it was watering souls for the harvest that came as Peter preached on the day of Pentecost.

Let us join with those who recognized and acknowledged Christ and lift up our Hosannas to the One who came into the world to be our Savior.

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