From the Archive: The Triumphal Entry of Jesus
As we look at the accounts of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, there are a few things among many that are noteworthy —
It was prophesy being fulfilled (Matthew 21.4-5; Zechariah 9.9). The Lord is careful to ensure that not one word “pass away” but that all are fulfilled.
Our God and our Savior Jesus Christ openly accepted worship. When He was asked by the chief priests and scribes to rebuke the worshipers He stated, “I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out” (Luke 19.40). When was the last time you had the opportunity to worship and shout praise to the Lord and did not? Because we are the chief consumers of grace and mercy, we should never allow ourselves to be out-praised by nature.
Jesus went into the temple and cast out every one that was treating His house irreverently. He quoted an Old Testament passage, “My house shall be called the house of prayer” (Isaiah 56.7; Matthew 21.13). How do we fare on the issue of reverence? Do we hold the house of God in high regard or is it just a place of fellowship? Jesus came to fulfill the word of God; He wants His house to be known as the house of prayer. Are we doing our best to live out this desire of our Lord Jesus Christ?
From the Bulletin Article Archives, circa 2005.