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Matthew 21:6-11

Who Is This

6 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, 7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. 8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. 9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. 10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? 11 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.


Having been told to go to the nearby village and to get an ass and a colt, the disciples obeyed and returned with the animals. They covered both animals with their garments and set Jesus on them. Mark and Luke tell us that He actually rode on the colt.

The scene was probably becoming almost chaotic. Thousands of people were coming into Jerusalem for the Passover celebration, others had followed Jesus from Jericho, and still more were coming up from Jerusalem to the Mount of Olives to see Him. There was a huge number of people along the road for various reasons, and it was time for Jesus' triumphal entry.

As He proceeded slowly along the path, the people began to worship Him. Although they did not understand the true role of the Messiah, they did receive Him as such, and we can see what true worship is all about. First and foremost, it was a spontaneous and joyful response to the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. There was no worship leader. When people come to worship they will do so with or without leadership. Christ is our leader, and worship leaders only facilitate a united response to Him. God is not the author of confusion and desires that we be of one mind and spirit when we worship.

Look at how the Holy Spirit guided this worship, so that it was the perfect fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9. "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."

Under the Spirit's direction a carpet fit for a King was laid in the roadway. People took off their outer garments, a huge sacrifice for many, and laid them down for the ass and her colt to tread upon. Others cut palm branches and laid them down. These people made a great effort at worshiping Jesus with the best of everything that they had on hand.

When we worship Jesus with our worldly possessions and in such sacrificial ways, the world will begin to ask, "Who is this?" For many of the people in this procession, the outer garment was all that they had to keep them warm at night. They were placing their worldly comfort at the feet of Jesus and the world did not understand. They wanted to know who deserved such passionate devotion from His followers. They asked, "Who is this?"

And the worship exploded into shouts of joy. "Hosanna" literally means "Save, we pray thee." What a cry of faith, which is still valid today! "Save us, thou Son of David." They recognized Him as the promised Messiah, who had come to save them. Though they looked for the wrong kind of salvation, their worship was nevertheless authentic.

"Hosanna" was a word associated with the feast of tabernacles at which Psalm 118:25-26a was always read and palm branches were waved before the Lord. It says, "Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD:" Here "Lord" is substituted for the name "Jehovah."

"Who is this?" many asked.

Who is Jesus at your worship service? Do you, as the church, explode with the type of contagious joy that overtook this crowd? They looked for only a worldly salvation, and their joy was overwhelming at the presence of their Messiah. You, however, have received "Hosanna in the highest," the heavenly salvation by the blood of Jesus Christ. Would visitors ask, "Who is this Jesus?" Does your worship move people to make great sacrifices for Him? Does it move them into service to Him?

Before The Throne:

Perhaps it needs to begin with you, today. What will you lay at His feet? Begin to speak to God seriously. Offer Him everything. Find out what it is that He would have you do for Him and hold nothing back when he answers. The joy of the Lord increases with our commitment to Him. Be filled with it.

For Further Study:

(v.6)
** and did. Gen 6:22; Gen 12:4; Exod 39:43; Exod 40:16; 1Sam 15:11; John 15:14;

(v.7) ** brought. Mark 11:4-8; Luke 19:32-35; ** put. 2Ki 9:13;

(v.8 ) ** others. Lev 23:40; John 12:13;

(v.9) ** Hosanna. Ps 118:24-26; Mark 11:9-10; ** Blessed. Matt 23:39; Luke 19:37-38; John 12:13-15; ** in the highest. Lu 2:14;

(v.10) ** all. Matt 2:3; Ruth 1:19; 1Sam 16:4; John 12:16-19; ** Who. Song 3:6; Isa 63:1; Luke 5:21; Luke 7:49; Luke 9:9; Luke 20:2; John 2:18; Acts 9:5;

(v.11) ** This. Matt 16:13-14; Deut 18:15-19; Luke 7:16, 40; John 9:17; Acts 3:22-23; Acts 7:37; ** of Nazareth. Matt 2:23; John 1:45-46; John 6:14;

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