Matthew 21:1-17, September 06, 2020
The Arrival of the Anointed One
20:17-19 Jesus foretells His death and resurrection a third time. And we know they still did not really understand as we are told in Luke in 18:34, The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what He was talking about. Why didn’t they know what He was talking about? Listen to Peter in Matthew 19:27, We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us? The disciples were responding like the seed in the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13:22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. Are we any different? 20:20-28 Making Luke’s point, right after Jesus foretells of His death and resurrection, the mother of James and John makes a request of Jesus. These two brave souls who did not have the courage to ask Jesus directly and so had their mother ask Him, answered His question, Can you drink the cup I am going to drink, without hesitation, We can! But they and the rest of the disciples had no idea what it would mean to drink from the cup Jesus was going to drink from. Jesus once again explains the first will be last and the last will be first. Whoever wants to be great in the kingdom of God must be a servant here. 20:29-34 Next, they leave Jericho headed into Jerusalem (14 miles as the crow flies). He completes His last miracle –outside Jerusalem– prior to His arrest. There is no great fanfare, He simply has compassion on them and heals them.
21:1-11 Why did Jesus tell them to go ahead and find the donkey with a colt next to her? It was to fulfill a prophecy that was over 500 years old given by Zechariah.
We are not told anything about the owner of the donkey and the colt, but if we were we would likely find he was a student of prophecy and he was sure this was the time for Zechariah 9:9 to be fulfilled. Before we consider why the owner would be so sure, let’s look at Zechariah 9:9 in full
. Another amazing thing is the disciples did not question Jesus about this, but simply did as He had instructed. Prophecy was being fulfilled!
Not only Zechariah’s prophecy was being fulfilled, but so was Daniel’s and to the very day of Jesus entry into Jerusalem. Looking at the timeline once again we can see Daniel’s writing was at least 50 years before Zechariah’s.
And what is Daniel’s prophecy that was being fulfilled?
Weeks here mean periods of seven years. Daniel tells us Jesus, the Anointed One, will enter Jerusalem in 483 years. To appreciate this prophecy of Daniel we have to do a bit of math, so bear with me as we look at the next slide.
I am a numbers guy, a retired electronic systems engineer, so I took the time to work these numbers out, but if you want to see them worked out for yourself try this website which also has background information. Be aware the numbers work out To.The.Day. that Jesus entered Jerusalem. Daniel’s prophecy was not about a particular year that Jesus would enter, but actually gave the exact day.
Looking at verse 11, we read the city was stirred. The Greek word for stirred is seio (G4579) meaning, according to Strong’s to rock, agitate – move, quake, shake and according to Vine’s to shake, to move to and fro, usually a violent concussion.
Some in the city must have also looked at Daniel’s prophecy and calculated it to the day and this was the day! And he came riding in fulfilling Zechariah’s prophecy? Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.
Putting all this together, Jesus entering Jerusalem on this particular day on the colt of a donkey would be like someone with the stature of the president and the popularity of a movie star or rock star entering the city – only more so. No wonder the city was stirred. The Anointed One, the Messiah had arrived! During Passover!
Sadly, Daniel also prophesied when Jesus would die in his next verse.
When Jesus enters Jerusalem He has only days left to live before His crucifixion.
21:12-17 What did Jesus do after He entered the city? He sought to end the corruption of the money changers. He healed the blind and lame, those the chief priest and teachers of the law despised. He accepted the accolades of the children.
But it was the chief priests and the teachers of the law who were really blind and could not see what the children could see, and they were leading each other into the pits of death and hell.
Then having started the clock on His last days on earth He went to the city of Bethany to spend the night.
Bottom Line: How do we look at Jesus entry into Jerusalem? Are we stirred? Does this to the day prophecy of Daniel stir you, your heart, your soul? Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior?