Who is this Jesus?
The hallel (praise) of Passover is Psalms 113-118.
Pastor: 25 Save us, we pray, O LORD!
Congregation: O LORD, we pray, give us success!
Pastor: 26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!
Congregation: We bless you from the house of the LORD.
Pastor: 27 The LORD is God, and he has made his light to shine upon us.
Congregation: Bind the festal sacrifice with cords, up to the horns of the altar!
Pastor: 28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
Congregation: you are my God; I will extol you.
ALL 29 Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! 17 The steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children. (Psalm 118:25-29; 103:17 ESV)
The events of Matthew 21 occurred during the celebration and excitement of Passover, as people arrived in the Holy City.
1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, 5 “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’” 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 and the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 and when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 and the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.” (Matthew 21:1-11 ESV)
“Hosanna” is an exclamation of adoration to the Lord, the only one who can save us.
Triumph of the world is far different from the triumph of Christ.
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9 ESV)
“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” Matthew 21:9 (ESV)
During the uproar and excitement about Jesus came the most important question to be asked in the entire world, “Who is this?” Everyone in today’s passage answers the question wrongly.
“My kingdom is not of this world” (–Jesus, John 18:36).
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. (–Jesus, John 3:18 ESV)
The Jews: “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.” (Matthew 21:11)
“I and the Father are one” (–Jesus, John 10:30 ESV).
“Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, ‘I am.’” (–Jesus, John 8:58 ESV)
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (–Jesus, John 14:6 ESV)