Big Hill Bible Studies
22 March 2018 Entry
Let's take a look at Matthew's account of Jesus' "Triumphal Entry" into Jerusalem. Matthew gives us a little more background and stresses the identity factor of the account. He records Jesus coming from Bethpage, "house of figs" about 2 miles outside Jerusalem, which indicates He may have stayed with Lazarus, Mary, and Martha for a few days over the Sabbath.
The thing that stands out to me in Matthew's account is found in verse 10, "When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, "Who is this?" It is believed the population of Jerusalem during Jesus' entry was 30,000 with 125,000 pilgrims coming for Passover. With over 150,000 people in the city shouting "Hosanna" it is hard to imagine anyone there who did not know about Jesus and His entry. Yet people asked, "Who is this?" Here is what interests me - if the people were shouting "Hosanna", why would they respond to the question "Who is this?" with "the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee?"
Perhaps we can see the reason in the emphasis Matthew puts in his writing as he quotes from Zechariah 9:9 to show the humility of Christ coming humbly (gently) on a donkey colt rather than a horse in triumph. He shows Jesus as the coming "Prince of Peace." The question comes to us as well - "Who is this?" As Jesus comes into Jerusalem to cheering, shouting crowds yelling Hosanna! - how do we receive Christ as He comes into our hearts? With celebration, or with questions? As Easter comes near, let's keep in mind what is taking place in the life of Jesus as He approaches His crucifixion and resurrection.