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MESSAGE FOR 09-18-21
MATTHEW CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE
THE TRIUMPHAL ENTRY OF JESUS CHRIST INTO JERUSALEM.
This chapter begins with JESUS CHRIST and His apostles traveling from Jericho to Jerusalem which is over fifteen miles journey. As they drew close to Jerusalem, unto the mount of Olives, LORD JESUS instructed two of His apostles to go into the nearby village where they would discover an ass tied and a colt with her. JESUS instructed them to loose the ass and the colt and bring them unto Him. This was done that the Scripture might be fulfilled as we read in Zechariah 9:9 AS GOD’S WORD STATES: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. The donkey is a common animal and during this time, royalty rode horses to symbolize war and a donkey to symbolize peace. LORD JESUS, The SON Of GOD, rode humbly into Jerusalem on a donkey as an announcement to the inhabitants of Jerusalem that He was coming in peace. When He returns again to rule with a rod of iron for a thousand years, He will be riding a horse! JESUS CHRIST, worthy of royal treatment,was sitting upon the donkey sideways with His legs draped over the colt as the multitudes worshipped Him.
The fame of JESUS CHRIST had spread because of His powerful earthly ministry of cleansing the lepers, healing the sick, raising the dead, casting out devils, and He taught a message with great authority as the people never heard before. In the book of Matthew 7:28-29 GOD’S WORD STATES: And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. The multitudes honoured JESUS CHRIST by spreading their garments and tree branches they had cut down in the way as He rode triumphantly into the city. The people cried saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest”. All the city of Jerusalem was moved; however, they asked, “Who is this?” to which the multitudes responded, “This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee”.
Now why were the inhabitants of Jerusalem asking who Jesus was? Because no one bothered to pay attention to the prophecies of the Old Testament. We read in the book of Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a Virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Other passages can be found in Isaiah 9:6-7 and Matthew 1:23 which provide us the prophecy of the birth of JESUS CHRIST. As we read also in the book of Luke chapter two the angel of the LORD appeared unto the shepherds when JESUS CHRIST was born and announced to them in verses 10-12: And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
The shepherds were filled with joy and anticipation as they traveled in haste to witness the CHRIST child in a manger. They desired to share the good news with others as we read in verse seventeen: And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. The people heard this news told to them by the shepherds and wondered about it, but obviously no one was interested enough to see the CHRIST child for themselves. Therefore, as JESUS grew into adolescence and then adulthood, people just assumed that He was the carpenter’s son and did not realize who JESUS truly was. In the book of Matthew 13:55 GOD’S WORD STATES: Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? (of course not the same one who betrayed JESUS CHRIST). This is why the people of Jerusalem inquired “Who is this?” as He rode triumphantly into the city. You can now feel the anticipation building as LORD JESUS CHRIST draws closer to the time when He will freely lay His life down for the sins of the whole world!
JESUS then entered into the temple of God and discovered the merchants and moneychangers had perverted the house of His FATHER. This is a powerful example of JESUS CHRIST experiencing righteous anger and to realize He was not a doormat as some people seem to portray Him. We as servants of JESUS CHRIST also have the right to experience righteous anger but to sin not as we read in Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: LORD JESUS overthrew the tables and the seats and said unto them: “It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves”.
Just as then so today, folks, as we witness countless numbers of apostate “churches” who are nothing more than tax-exempt worldly denominations with their own doctrine and board members, who desire to scratch itching ears and entertain with fancy music rather than teach the pure Word of ALMIGHTY GOD! I have even witnessed establishments that call themselves “churches” selling items right in the sanctuary. This is certainly not the true Body of CHRIST folks. After LORD JESUS cleansed the temple He then encounters the blind and the lame who came to Him and He healed them. There were also children crying in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David”. When the chief priests and scribes witnessed these things they were displeased. Why? Because they were the “religious elite” who adhered to their own version of the law, looked down upon anyone who did not follow their ways, and were focused on their vain worldly positions of authority so others could admire them and lift them up. They were spiritually blind with hardened hearts and were also threatened and jealous of the very presence of JESUS CHRIST. When they saw JESUS healing the sick and little children giving Him high praise, instead of rejoicing they were displeased and afraid the spotlight would be taken off of them. The chief priests and scribes asked LORD JESUS if He heard what the little children were saying unto Him and He replies, “Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?”. This Scripture is found in the book of Psalms chapter eight verse two. After responding to the chief priests and scribes LORD JESUS left them and went out of the city into Bethany which is a small village close to the mount of Olives. JESUS preferred to lodge in Bethany rather than stay in Jerusalem during this time.
The following morning LORD JESUS was hungry as He returned to the city and He saw a fig tree with leaves, but realized the tree did not have any fruit on it. Therefore, JESUS cursed the fig tree as we read in verse nineteen: “Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever”. The fig tree withered away at the powerful words of JESUS CHRIST and His apostles marvelled at this sight. LORD JESUS uses this moment as a good opportunity to share the power of unshakable faith in ALMIGHTY GOD as He states in verse twenty-two: And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive”. JESUS CHRIST is letting us know that when we pray to The LORD GOD with faith and believe without a doubt that it will come to pass if it is according to the will of The FATHER, then our prayer will be answered. Another good example is found in the book of Mark chapter four verses 31-32 when LORD JESUS uses the illustration of a grain of mustard seed, the smallest seed, that grows up and becomes greater than all the herbs. I also view the account of the fig tree as people who appear on the outside to be looking the right way and saying the right things so many people are deceived by them and consider them to be “Christians”. Just like the fig tree they look attractive because of their leaves; however, just like the fig tree they bear no fruit and are good for nothing than to be cursed if they do not repent and turn from their old ways.
Now of course the chief priests and elders were going to challenge and tempt JESUS CHRIST as often as they could. When LORD JESUS was teaching in the temple these people questioned His authority, as we read in verse twenty-three: “By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?” LORD JESUS responds to them through the power of The HOLY SPIRIT in verse twenty-four: “I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. JESUS continues in verse twenty-five” “The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men?”. These men were put in their place by the Divine Wisdom of ALMIGHTY GOD and were afraid to answer LORD JESUS. They in their self-righteousness refused to repent and be baptized by John the Baptist, so they knew if they responded “from heaven” that JESUS would ask them why they did not repent and be baptized. They also feared the people and knew if they responded the baptism of John was from men that the people who knew John was a prophet of ALMIGHTY GOD would rebuke them. Therefore they answered LORD JESUS: “We cannot tell”. Then JESUS responds to them: “Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things”.
JESUS CHRIST shared two parables with these men and the first was regarding a father with two sons. The father asks the first son if he will work that day in his vineyard and the son refuses but later repents and works in the vineyard. When the second son was asked if he would work in the vineyard that day he told his father he would go, but did not. JESUS asks them which son did the will of his father and they told JESUS the first son. We read in verse thirty one as JESUS CHRIST STATES: “Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you”. LORD JESUS makes it very clear to the “religious elite” that they did not do the will of His FATHER because they did not repent and get baptized by John the Baptist, yet the harlots,publicans and others humbly repented and were baptized.
The second parable is about the husbandmen and regards a certain householder who planted a vineyard and lent it out to husbandmen and then traveled into a far country. When the time of harvest drew near the householder sent his servants to the husbandmen to retrieve the fruits of the harvest. However, the husbandmen killed one servant, beat one, and stoned one. When the householder sent more of his servants they were treated the same way as the first ones.The householder then sent his son and believed the husbandmen would reverence him. The husbandmen thought to kill the son who was the heir and attempt to seize his inheritance. Now JESUS asks the “religious elite” in verse forty: “When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?”. They responded in verse forty-one: “He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons”. JESUS CHRIST answers them in verse forty-two: “Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?”. We find this Scripture in the book of Psalms 118:22-23 as GOD’S WORD STATES: The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
JESUS also makes it clear that the kingdom of GOD will be taken from them and given to a nation bringing forth fruit. JESUS CHRIST also states in verse forty-four: “And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder”. LORD JESUS is warning these people who stand in their self-righteousness that only those who are humbled before ALMIGHTY GOD and serve JESUS CHRIST through total obedience will inherit the Kingdom of GOD. Once we believe on JESUS CHRIST and humble ourselves then we will be broken, meaning our old fleshly selves will be broken and covered by the precious blood of JESUS CHRIST as we become new creatures who are forgiven. For those who reject JESUS CHRIST by hardening their hearts and turning away from the truth, they will be ground to powder by the wrath of ALMIGHTY GOD. When LORD JESUS finished teaching these parables the chief priests and Pharisees (the ones JESUS CHRIST called hypocrites) perceived He was speaking about them. This stirred up indignation within them even more and they desired to lay hands on JESUS; however, they feared the multitude because it was not yet time for JESUS CHRIST to be given up to be crucified. Also, these men feared the people because they took Him for a prophet.
When we serve JESUS CHRIST we are blessed with forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life and we must remember once we are saved we must purpose every day to be obedient to the will of ALMIGHTY GOD and distance ourselves from the world. I encourage you to be a humble servant of JESUS CHRIST and be willing to serve rather than to lift yourself up. Remember the first shall be last and the last shall be first. Repent and rely on the chief cornerstone who is JESUS CHRIST. be willing to be broken in His presence and He will lift you up. MAY THE LORD GOD CONTINUE TO RICHLY BLESS YOU!
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