SS 4-5-20 Palm Sunday

The Sunday before Easter is called Palm Sunday. Why? Let’s read it. Matthew 21:1-3, 4-8, 9-11. The account is also in Mark 11:1-10, Luke 19:29-38, and John 12:12-15. So, the answer is that people waved palm branches as Jesus came into Jerusalem. Is that all? Let’s look deeper.

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9:9. Matthew quoted this verse. Why a donkey?

Look at Isaiah 62. It’s about the coming of Messiah, but not the first coming, but the second coming!

  1. In verse 2, Israel will be called by a new name–little did/do they know that that name will be the Bride of Christ.
  2. Messiah will change their name from Desolate to “My delight is in her” and by Beulah, which means “married.” Hence, the Bride of Christ. Verse 5 confirms it.
  3. Verses 6-7 talks about watchmen posted on Jerusalem’s walls that will never be silent. Who are these watchmen? When, considering that Jerusalem was torn down in 70AD? I love this exhortation, “You who all on the LORD, give yourselves no rest, and give Him no rest till He establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.” Has this happened, yet? No. Could we be the watchmen?
  4. Verse 8 specifically says “never again” twice, and verse 9 speaks of the courts of the sanctuary, which hasn’t been built yet.
  5. Verses 10-12 speak of preparation of Messiah (John the Baptist), and the proclamation made, “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your Savior comes! See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.’” Names like, “the Holy People,” and, “Sought After,” which is a marriage term, and “the City No Longer Deserted,” are used. When? Well, it couldn’t have been between 71AD and 1948 nor to the present, so it must be in the future.

But, why a donkey?

    1. Donkeys are beasts of burden. They are known for being gentle, if not stubborn. Look at Jesus’ claim about Himself, 
      1. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30.

 

  • Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations. 2 He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. 3 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. Isaiah 42:1-3
  • Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:17
  • When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. Mark 6:34

Why did most Jews miss the Coming of their Messiah? Because they were looking for His SECOND Return and not His first. Had they paired Isaiah 62:11, “See, your Savior comes!” with “lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey,” they would have recognized that Messiah had to come and be their Ultimate Sacrifice first. John the Baptist said it like this, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29.

Matthew 21:9 quotes Psalm 118:26-27. Let’s read it.

Look at verses 22-24. Heard them before? Let’s look:

  1. Isaiah 8:13-14
  2. Matthew 21:42-44 (also in Luke 20:17-18)
  3. Luke 2:34 (Simeon)

It’s an important passage. A Messianic passage–and the people were quoting it. No wonder the Pharisees were upset!

Did you know that most Jews don’t know Jesus was Jewish? Did you know that they have never read Isaiah 53? It’s not in their prayer books and they don’t read the Scriptures for themselves. Sound familiar? How better to control the masses?! When people read the Bible for themselves, they get talked to by the Spirit! Amazing!!!

Two more passages:

  1. Romans 9:30-33
  2. 1 Peter 2:4-10

As we go into this holy week, let’s read for ourselves the story of our salvation. Here are some things to observe:

  1. Jesus knew why He came and what He had to do. He was committed to the cross for our sake.
  2. No one else knew what He was about until AFTER the resurrection.
  3. He fulfilled the Law (the sacrificial system) as represented by Moses and the Prophets (of His coming) as represented by Elijah, both present on the mount of transfiguration.
  4. When the veil was torn, we were allowed access to the Father–and He became available to us through the Holy Spirit! The primary mission of Jesus was to reunite us with God the Father through Himself (God the Son) by way of God the Spirit.

It is, indeed, THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD!

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