“When Christ Comes”
Matthew 21:1-11 Jesus enters Jerusalem.
Roughly 1/3 of the verses in the Gospel accounts relate the events of Holy Week, from the triumphal entry to the guards being placed at the tomb.
1. Matthew chapters 21 – 27 are all concerned with these events except for 7 verses in chapter 26 which are placed by scholars in Bethany, just before Holy Week.
2. Mark chapters 11 – 15 are the same parallel events, with only 7 verses from chapter 14 placed at the same scene in Bethany prior to the triumphal entry.
3. Luke begins the narrative halfway through chapter 19 and goes through the end of 23.
4. John, which we have been studying, records Holy Week events from chapter 12:12 through chapter 19, right where we ended last week.
So if you really want to enrich your spiritual life, read that content this week. All four Gospel accounts related the triumphal entry. It is a very significant event.
3 times each year Jewish men were supposed to go to Jerusalem to worship at the Feast of Pentecost, the Feast of Tabernacles, and the Passover, thus the city and the roads are filled with people.
This Feast is Passover, commemorating God’s deliverance of the nation out of captivity in Egypt and it is celebrated in conjunction with the observance of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The account is in Exodus 12: _________________________________________________________________________ In Luke’s account Jesus stops near the summit of the Mount of Olives and He weeps over Jerusalem and offers this prophetic lament: “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.” (vs. 42) On this day, the 10th day the lambs selected for the Passover would be brought into the city and kept until the time of sacrifice.
In all four Gospel accounts the donkey is mentioned. This detail is prophetic as well as symbolic:
Zechariah 9:9 is the prophesy: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.” The symbolism has multiple aspects:
1. The donkey signified peaceful intentions of the King.
2. Israel had important historical moments when the donkey and a king were present:
King David - _________________________________________________________________________ “When David was a little past the top of the mountain, there was Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth, who met him with a couple of saddled donkeys, and on them two-hundred loaves of bread, one hundred clusters of raisinngs, one hundred summer fruits, and a skin of wine.” 2 Samuel 16:1
In 1 Kings 1:38-40 Solomon was anointed King, the 1st King to succeed David. “So Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the Cherethites, and the Pelethites went down and had Solomon ride on King David’s mule, and brought him to Gihon. Zadok the priest then took the horn of oil from the tent and anointed Solomon. Then they blew the trumpet, and all the people said, ‘Long live King Solomon!’ And all the people went up after him, and the people were playing on flutes and rejoicing with great joy, so that the earth shook at their noise.”
So Jesus comes riding on a donkey, even the foal of a donkey, fulfilling prophesy and announcing His place as King of Israel through the historical symbolism. _____________________________________ The journey to Jerusalem - ____________________________________________________________ So when everyone is celebrating that Jesus is coming, and He begins His descent into the Kidron Valley towards Jerusalem, His enemies are terribly worried so they tell Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” Luke 19:39 And Jesus responds, “I tell you, if these become silent the stones will cry out.” (vs. 40) Joshua 4:15-24 “The hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.”
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