Jesus' Triumphal Entry (Matthew 21:1-11)
First Scripture Reading: Psalm 118:1-29
Second Scripture Reading: John 11:38 - 12:11
Sermon Text: Matthew 21:1-11
All four gospels record Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It was a significant event that revealed Jesus’ awareness of his identity and his determination to accomplish the work the Father had given him to do (John 17:4). Jesus was aware of the danger to his life if he entered Jerusalem, and that is precisely why he went and coordinated his entrance to coincide with the symbolism familiar to the Jews of his day. Jesus was prepared to “give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45) and believed that he would be vindicated and “raised for our justification” (Romans 4:25).
As we consider Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, we are reminded of Jesus’ promise that he will return triumphantly in the Last Day. The difference will be that he will not come quietly on a colt, but will come bringing his peace through the final judgment of all his enemies. We hear this promise at the end of the Book of Revelation as Jesus says, “Surely I am coming soon” (Revelation 22:20). And we as his Church say, “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!”
1. For review, read Philippians 4:19-20. What is the glory of God? How do we glorify him?
2. Read 2 Samuel 7:12-16; Isaiah 9:6-7; 11:1-9; and Psalm 11:4-6. What kind of Messiah do these passages describe? How does this help you understand the expectations that many first-century Jews had about the Messiah?
3. What does Jesus’ planning of his entry into Jerusalem in Matthew 21:1-7 reveal about his intentions? What did he want people to conclude about his identity?
4. What is the significance of Matthew’s citation of Zechariah 9:9? How does this prophecy connect with 1 Kings 1:38-39 and Genesis 49:10-11?
5. What are the practical implications for our lives as we consider Jesus’ triumphal entry, especially as we consider the crowd's initial reaction to Jesus and their later rejection of him on Good Friday?
6. In preparation for next week, read 1 Corinthians 15:1-28 and Colossians 3:1-4. What is the importance of Jesus’ resurrection? What do you think Paul means when he says that we have been “raised with Christ” in Colossians 3:1?
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