Palm Sunday – Its About Him!

 

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See your King comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”  Matthew 21:4-5

Jesus Enters Jerusalem           Sir Anthony Van Dyke

 

Upon Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem, Matthew quotes the Old Testament prophet Zechariah 9:9. But the good news of this coming King is not simply for Israel but for the whole world. As Zechariah 2:11-13 makes plain:

Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst, says the Lord. Many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and they shall become My people. And I will dwell in your midst. 

The joy of this particular moment goes beyond the immediate context and crowd of these events. ITS FOR US! Matthew believed there was something in these events that could bring joy to anyone who read of them with a believing heart. This explains why Jesus is so upset by the presence of the money changers and other businesses throughout the temple area and He runs them out. He is angry because “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations (Mark 11:17).” ITS ABOUT US.

Jesus cleanses the Temple      Rembrandt
The message which our Lord proclaims in the parables of this chapter is about us, too. We are one of these “sons” in 21:28-31. We are the new tenants of 21:41. And what exactly is Jesus’ message? Through His own death He is about to bring those into the kingdom of God who could never belong otherwise – “I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you (21:31).”
He is calling everyone who doesn’t seem to belong in the Kingdom of God, who feels too ashamed, too sinful, too hopeless, too helpless, too messed up to be part of anything that has to do with God.  Because He has done all this for us, our worship can never be about us. It is not about us. ITS ABOUT HIM! 
 
 
 

 

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