This sermon was based on Matthew 21: 1 – 11.
The Triumphal Entry
1Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” 4This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
5 “Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.'”
6The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”
Jesus Comes As A King
- Jesus had the manner of a King and he was welcomed by the people in the way a king would be welcomed.
- In entering Jerusalem in this way he was fulfilling the Old Testament prophecies of the coming king.
- What does it like like for Jesus to be king and to rule in our lives?
Jesus Comes As A Humble King
- As prophecied in Zechariah 9:9 Jesus came riding on a donkey. This was in direct contrast to how the Roman rulers were entering the city in preparation for the passover.
- This is not what the Jewish people would have been expecting for their saviour, their messiah to be like. However it is what God had planned and foretold.
- What does true humility look like for us? What does it mean for us to submit to and serve this king?
Jesus Comes As A Saviour King
- The cry of ‘Hosanna’ is literally an appeal for deliverence. The people were crying out for a saviour.
- People were flocking to Jesus because they had begun to see that he could save them. He had demonstrated saving them from their illnesses but they also looked to him to save them from their oppressors.
- What are we crying ‘Hosanna’ for today? Are we willing to accept Jesus as our saviour in every area of our lives?