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Who is this King Coming?

Scripture: Matthew 21:1-11, Zechariah 9, Psalm 24:7-10

Imagine yourself in Jerusalem over 2000 years ago. Hear the noise of the crowd, the cheering and shouting. As you picture yourself there, you will need to picture yourself searching for a good seat because it is estimated that over two million people were involved in the great Passover Feast.  


As people prepared to observe and participate in one of the most important feasts Jewish people celebrated all year, they get word that Jesus was on His way into the city. (Word had also spread of Jesus raising his friend Lazarus from the dead which created even more excitement) 

 

An increasing buzz was spreading through the crowd about Jesus’ entrance into the city. So the crowd made their way to get the best position to see Jesus. Who are these people? And as you draw closer, you can hear what everyone was saying: "The King is coming! The King is coming! The King is coming!" Some people were tearing off their coats and throwing them in the road. Others were scrambling up trees to pull down the branches. Children lined the city streets, waving their victory branches and singing, "Hosanna! Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" 


Then they saw Jesus - the king himself—the man on a donkey. They pointed to Him and questioned, "Who is this?" The crowds answered, "This is Jesus" Interestingly, while Jesus was making his triumphal entry, the priests were praising God at the Temple. It was the first day of the week, and according to the ancient rabbis, the priests were reciting Psalm 24: 


Lift up your heads, O gates, And be lifted up, O ancient doors, 

That the King of glory may come in! 

Who is the King of glory? 

The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. 

Lift up your heads, O gates, 

And lift them up, O ancient doors, 

That the King of glory may come in! 

Who is this King of glory? 

The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. (Psalm 24:7–10). 


The people in the streets and the priests at the temple were asking the same question: "Who is this King?" The people said it was Jesus. The priests said it was the Lord Almighty. And in a way that nobody could yet understand, they were both right, because Jesus is the Almighty Lord. He is the King of glory. And it is within these verses, within this Palm Sunday story, that Jesus begins to reveal His purpose and power. 

A Victorious King


A Righteous King


A Gentle King