February 23, 2021 - We turn to Matthew 21:6 today. Christ has drawn near to Jerusalem. His disciples procure a donkey for him, and he starts his entry. A crowd had formed and started to lay the cloaks on the road. They even began to cut branches from the trees. Why would they do such a thing? If we read further on, you’ll find the answer. Read verse 9, particularly the last half. The crowds were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” They are shouting for joy for Christ coming to Jerusalem. This is a joyous occasion! The king was coming to the city.
We see the whole city didn’t know who Jesus was. They wondered what was stirring up the city. We also see that the crowds knew that it was Jesus and referred to him as a prophet. The classical Christian position would look at this and say that the group is right but not entirely correct. Jesus is not just a prophet but is also our high priest as well as our king. He holds all three offices. The crowd did not understand the threefold office of Christ. Neither did the disciples, as we see over and over again. But what they did understand was that Jesus was worthy of honor and respect.
As we get closer to the end, we will see the same crowds wanting Jesus Christ crucified. A dramatic shift from what we see right now in the text. We will see the masses turn on him soon, the religious leaders turn on him, the roman occupiers will turn on him. But still, Christ remains. The Son of God knew where this was leading, to the ransoming of his people by his sacrifice. He is getting closer and closer to making the following words real: by the power of Christ, you are forgiven.
Pastor’s Corner is a column from Pastor Wynter Sturtevant III of the Mariposa Reformed Baptist Church.
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