What Will You Say
Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:1-11
Subject: What Will You Say?
If we have not really open up our hearts to Christ, What Will We Say?
That is the question that we have before us at this hour, this morning,
What Will We Say or What Will You and I Say?
We see here in these passages of scripture the fulfilling of what was stated by the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9; Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
None of this happened by some chance, but it happen by the divine hand of The Almighty God. This event here of Jesus riding into Jerusalem a few days before He would have to mount the cross on Mt Calvary to be crucified.
The Jews at this time had received what they long waited for. They were expecting to receive a Messiah and at this point, they have one. They had longed and expected to have a King and now their King is at hand.
Nevertheless, my brothers and my sisters’ look if you will at what their expected Messiah did. Look again if you at what the expecting King that these people the Jewish Nation did.
This is only one time while on earth that Jesus presented Himself as a King or a Messiah. The very act it self would signifier the acts that a King would do. However, there was something that was different about this Triumphal Entry in to Jerusalem.
In the world entry of a world king you would have had a pomp and circumstance type entry. Not only that, but had this been of the world he would have had a great large white horse to ride into the City.
But if you please we see here that Jesus the real, the true, the divine the Almighty King and the Messiah sent two of His disciples to get transportation.
Look what is said here and the action that was taken;
2 saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me.
3 If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away."
Not only did not this King and Messiah ride in on a great white horse, but He did not even own the ass colt that he used to make His entry in to the city. Here we find our Lord and Savior make one of the greatest entry of His life, riding in on a lowly beast. Riding in on an animal that is used for labor and hard work. Riding, this Jesus, this King , this Messiah whom the people had longed for, for many, many years. Here He makes His Grand Entry on a borrowed, slow, humble ass colt.
One many ask the question why did not Jesus get Himself a nice big white horse. After all white horses were the Rolls Royce’s of that day. Why not even a Mule? Would not you and I say that a mule or horse would have been better than a jack ass?
First let us look at the mule. Jesus is about things that are pure and right. Jesus did not come as a king of the world would come, but He came as one lowly, He came as one humble and He came as one who is to service and not be serviced.
So the question of why not a mule. Mules are not a nature or pure bred. They are the by product of a horse and a donkey. Mules cannot reproduce it’s own kind, because it has not the reproduction organs that make this possible.
On the other hand horses were used as a indicators of victory in battle of wars. Jesus did not come as one that would break the yoke of the Roman government bounded the people of Israel.
So a horse and a mule was out of the question. It would have been hypercritical on the pat of Jesus had He rode in on a great white horse when all of the time He had taught that we are to love one another. He in His teaching stated that we must humble ourselves. You remember in;
29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Jesus came to bring peace, not war.
Nothing here in this text that Jesus did was of a high note as would be for a king of that or even one in this day that would be looked upon.
When a king come into town, something great and magnificent is expected to happen. But as we see here none of the happen here.
Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
When Jesus appears, He is always meek, he is not someone who comes in greatness and majestic. When He comes his temper is meek and mild.
But there’s a question before us at this hour; What Will You and I Say?
Jesus came to bear the burdens of mankind. And the animal that he rode into Jerusalem was one that was made to bear the loads of somebody else. The ass was a load carrier. As we look at Jesus we must understand that the load of sin of the world was carried upon His shoulders.
We can see here in these passages of scripture here and in others that everything that Jesus dealt with it was a thing of meek and humbleness.
We see here that Jesus did not ride in on the mother donkey, which no doubt someone else had already ridden before. No He rode in on the colt, which was scripture states had not been yet been sat on by man. (Mark 11:2 & Luke 19:30 gives ref. To this).
We see here as the King and Messiah makes his approach into Jerusalem the people spread their clothing on the road way or the path that Jesus was to travel. They did think anything about putting their clothing that they had on their bodies on the ground so that Jesus could make His ride into Jerusalem. It is said that many went ahead of Jesus cutting palm branches from the palm trees and spreading them upon the roadway.
It seem at this point that all that was in attendance here at this event was glad that Jesus was in there midst. It is said that
9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Hosanna in the highest!"
The word “Hosanna” and what those it mean;
[hoe ZAN nub] (save us now)-- the shout of the multitude at the time of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem <Matt. 21:9,15; Mark 11:9-10; John 12:13>. The word originally was a prayer requesting God's help, but it had become a cry of joy or a shout of welcome by this time in Jewish history.
The word Hosanna was also associated with Jewish hopes for deliverance by a political hero. When shouted to Jesus by pilgrims and children, it indicates they saw in him the fulfillment of their Messianic expectations. But Jesus came as a spiritual deliverer on a lowly donkey-- not as a conquering military hero on a prancing horse.
(from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary)
(Copyright (C) 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)
What Will You And I Say?
Before last night I had come to the conclusion the these people were a bunch of hypocrites, but as I discovered the real meaning of the “Hosanna” and how it was used in the time of Jesus here in this text, one can understand why they did what they were about to do in just a few later.
They were expecting a King and a Messiah until they really discovered that Jesus was not what they were looking for. This same crowd would be the ones that caved in under political pressure and say shout crucify him and they desert Jesus.
What Will You I Say?
Have we crucified Jesus. Have we desert Him because we found out that Jesus is not what we had expected Him to be?