by Jeff Lynn

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When Jesus Comes to Town (3 of 6)
Series: Get Busy Dying
Jeff Lynn
Matthew 21:1-17

TEXT: Matthew 21:1-11


Once again, we are looking at the last week of Jesus' life as He is preparing for His crucifixion.

How significant is this last week of Jesus' life?
It's significant to the point that Matthew takes up 30% of his gospel just on this last week compared to the other three years of Jesus' life.

This morning we come to what is known as the Triumphal Entry; Jesus entering Jerusalem on Sunday, just days before His crucifixion.

We are going to look at three occurrences associated with Jesus coming to town, and we will see in all three of those instances that they are a fulfillment of prophecy that was written hundreds of years before they happened.
But here is what I want us to notice before we dive into these three occurrences.
Notice that in verses 10 and 11 we read,

And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, "Who is this?" And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee."
Matthew 21:10-11

The phrase, "stirred up" is a euphemism compared to what that word really means.

The Greek word for "stirred up" refers elsewhere to earthquakes and apocalyptic upheavals.

Have you ever seen a city respond to an earthquake?
They are disturbed to the point of not knowing what is going to happen next.
Their foundation is shaken.
It's not just being "bothered" about something; it's being shaken.

And usually an earthquake rearranges things in a house or in a city.

You see, when Jesus came to Jerusalem, He shook things up.
My premise this morning is that when Jesus comes to town He shakes things up!

There is such a tendency for people just to add a little Jesus to their life.

They want all the benefits and blessings without the complete surrender.

Sometimes we just want to ease through our Christian life hoping that nothing will shake us too ba ...

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