Passion Week – the final seven days of Jesus’ earthly Ministry. It began with Palm Sunday, the day we celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, one week before His resurrection. As Jesus entered the holy city, He neared the culmination of a long journey toward Golgotha. He had come to save the lost, and now was the time – this was the place – to secure that salvation. (Got Question.com)
As I studied the events of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem this year, I took a close look at the people, as described in Matthew 21, and the following chapters. I was fascinated with the different opinions these people had on "who is this man riding into Jerusalem on a colt"
So, I decided to group them into categories the way I imagined them from my little corner of the world. Just for fun, try this to see if you recognize more types of groups and people and how they responded to Jesus. Share them in the comments.
1.The Royal Welcome Group: This crowd had heard the stories of Jesus, believed them, and apparently had remembered the prophesy given by Zechariah years ago that their King would come riding in on a colt, so----They threw their garments down on the road, giving him a royal welcome. Others cut branches from the trees and threw them down as a welcome mat. Crowds went ahead and crowds followed, all of them calling out, “Hosanna to David’s son!” “Blessed is he who comes in God’s name!” “Hosanna in highest heaven. (Matthew 21:1-9 The Message)
2.The Opposers/Rebuke Group: Not everyone in the crowd was shouting “Hosanna.” In fact------
- The chief priests and scribes were very unhappy and rebuked Him when they saw Him healing the blind and the lame. (Matthew 21:15)
- The chief priests and elders questioned his authority when He threw the merchants out of the temple (Matthew 21:23)
- The Pharisees sought ways to entangle Him (Matthew 22:15)
- The chief priests, scribes, elders of the people, devised the plot to kill Jesus. (Matthew 26, 1-3)
3.The Clueless Group: It is also assumed that the average citizen in Jerusalem did not associate the prophecy Zechariah had foretold of this event with the man who they saw riding into town on a colt. Rejoice greatly, O my people! Shout with joy! For look—your King is coming! He is the Righteous One, the Victor! Yet he is lowly, riding on a donkey’s colt! I will disarm all peoples of the earth, including my people in Israel, and he shall bring peace among the nations. His realm shall stretch from sea to sea, from the river to the ends of the earth. (Zechariah 9:9-10 TLB)
From the royal treatment to rebuke, to those who didn’t have a clue what was going on – those were the people who were there when Jesus made his entry into Jerusalem. Only one group recognized and believed who this man was.
I think my attention was drawn to taking a closer look at these people more than I had in years gone by because, let’s face it – for the past two years during our Pandemic era, we have seen how people responded in dire and surprising circumstances. To say that a whole lot of shaking was going in religious circles, even among some of the clergy, is an understatement.
It appeared as though people were on extreme opposite sides of the fence with their religious views as to what they believed about the current events we were experiencing, and even what they believed "Jesus thought" about it. And some, well, my heart broke for them because it was evident they were living in fear, all wondering “what in the world is going on; my world has been turned upside down.” Clueless!
So, perhaps this is still a question that deserves an answer, even in our day and time.
May this Passion Week be one of reflection on these thoughts:
“Who Was That Man Riding into Jerusalem on a Colt Over Two Thousand Years Ago?"
"Who is He to Me?"
May we welcome Him as our King.
Please share your thoughts in the comments.
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