Hail Him! Nail Him!
J. Gerald Harris
Matthew 21:1-2, 6-9; 27:15-17, 20-23
Jesus is making His triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem. It is a remarkable event recorded by all four Gospels. It is quite unlike anything else recorded about the Lord Jesus in the New Testament.
Up until this time Jesus had been withdrawing himself as much as possible from public notice. He had retired to the wilderness. He did not court attention. He avoided anything that hinted of public display.
Listen to what the Bible says. In Matthew 12 it says that ''He did not cry, nor strive, nor cause his voice to be heard in the streets.'' In Matthew 16 He charged His disciples that they should ''tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.'' When He raised the daughter of Jairus, it says in Mark 5 that ''He straightly charged them that no man should know of it.''
When Jesus came down from the mount of transfiguration, He gave orders to His disciples that ''they should tell no man what things they had seen till the Son of man was risen from the dead'' (Mark 9:9).
In John 6, after feeding the 5000, the Bible says, ''When Jesus therefore perceived that they (the multitude) would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.'' And when his half-brothers urged him to disclose himself ''to the world,'' He answered, ''My time is not yet come.''
But here we see Jesus making a public entry into Jerusalem. There is a huge crowd of people who have come out to welcome Jesus. And the Pharisees say, ''Behold the world is gone after him'' (John 12:19).
Now Jesus is in complete charge. He takes the initiative at every point. He knows that His time has come and He enters the city of Jerusalem to face the issue of His death. He enters Jerusalem as the grand Marshall of the Passover parade.
I. THE CELEBRATION OF AN ADORING CROWD
When Jesus made His triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem, they gave Him a royal welcome. In our te ...
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