Sermon Outline On Matthew 21:1-11

Sermon Outline On Matthew 21:1-11

When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, “Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”

On the rock band U2′s album Rattle and Hum, great blues guitarist B. B. King sings a moving gospel song. He lists the shortcomings of his life. He enumerates the damage done in relationships –each time adding a refrain about his new life, in which he says,

“When love comes to town I want to jump that train,

When loves comes to town I wanna catch that flame.

Maybe I was wrong to ever let you down,

but I did what I did before love came to town.”

The good news is that on that First Palm Sunday, Love himself came to town.

Today we talk about Jesus on His way to the cross. On that Palm Sunday Jesus was on a donkey’s back and riding into Jerusalem… On His way to die.

As we exam today’s text, we come up with all kinds of questions.

To begin with, Jesus tells two of his disciples to go into the near-by town. He tells them that they will find a donkey & a colt tied there. They are to bring them back to Jesus. He also says that if anyone challenges them, to say, “The LORD needs them.” Now just how did Jesus know about those donkeys? How did he know that the disciples would be allowed to bring them to him.

Some say that Jesus must have made prior arrangements. Others say, this passage shows the FOREKNOWLEDGE & AUTHORITY OF JESUS.

Then there is the matter of two donkeys. Mark, Luke, and John do not mention two donkeys. Only Matthew speaks of Jesus riding two donkeys. What a sight! Jesus riding into Jerusalem on TWO donkeys. Was he riding Roman style- standing with one foot on each donkey? Most scholars agree that this was a case of Matthew taking the writings of the prophet Zachariah too literally. You see in verse 5, Matthew quotes Zechariah 9:9

“Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

But what does it say over in the book of Zechariah?

“…Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

It’s interesting to note that Matthew fails to mention the triumphant & victorious part of the entry. Matthew only describes the entry as humble. Why do you reckon he does that?

By the way, this story is reported by all four of the gospel writers. There are many stories told by two or three of the gospel writers, but only a few shared by all four. This is one of those stories.

Matthew has the crowd shouting, “Hosanna, to the Son of David!” Matthew is the only gospel writer who refers to Jesus at this point as the Son of David. Mark speaks of the coming of the kingdom of David. Luke speaks of the King & John refers to the King of Israel.

“Hosanna, to the Son of David!” What did the crowd mean when they called Jesus the Son of David?

1. -in the line of David

2. -one like David

Jesus was certainly considered an ancestor of David. BUT more than that they are expecting one like David a conquering King, one who will come and over-throw the Romans.

“Hosanna, to the Son of David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Hosanna! — Hosanna! What on earth does that word mean? The word can be translated, “save us.” It is a plea for Jesus to save the people, to come as one like David — conquering hero. OR is it?

What do I mean when I say, Good-bye? Good-bye, what does it mean? Originally good-bye was a shorthand way of saying, “God be with you.” Good-bye. “God be with you.” How many of you are thinking “God be with you” when you say to someone, “Good-bye.”

Some would say that on that day in Jerusalem, the crowd was not saying, “save us.” They were repeating a greeting that had become so common place that it had lost its meaning.

Hosanna to the Son of David! What did they mean by that? Rather than worry about all these possibilities and variations, let us concentrate on Matthew’s gospel to see what his message was. What did Matthew want us to know?

First, Matthew wanted us to look at the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem as one of humility. Jesus entered humbly on a donkey. Matthew drops the words triumphant and victorious. Luke and John paint a more triumphant entry. For Matthew, HUMBLE seems to be most important. Matthew shows us a man like any other man, not a King, not the King of Israel, BUT the Son of David riding humbly on a donkey. Matthew paints a very human Jesus coming to town.

Matthew also tells us that the whole city was in turmoil. They were asking, “Who is this?” It was as if the whole city were shaking from an earthquake. Jesus created quiet a commotion. BUT this wasn’t new. Back in the second chapter of Matthew we find the wise men coming to Herod asking about one born King of the Jews, Matthew writes, “When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him.”

At the beginning of Jesus’ life, he causes a commotion in Jerusalem. At the end of His life, he causes a commotion in Jerusalem. An earth-shaking commotion. They were all asking, “Who is this?”

And what was the answer to their question. How did the crowd who were shouting, “Hosanna, to the Son of David” answer that question? It wasn’t — he’s the Son of David. No, They said, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Matthew wanted us to know that the shouting crowd when pressed by the people in the city with the question, “Who is this?” Could only respond, “the prophet Jesus…” Not a King, no heir to the throne of David, just a prophet, an humble prophet.

BUT more than any of these little things, Matthew had a much more basic message for us. It is a message shared by Mark, Luke, & John. It is a very simple message, yet a very profound message. Matthew didn’t want us to miss this message. JESUS WENT TO JERUSALEM!

He knew he had enemies there. He knew what he had ahead of him. He knew that death waited for him there. In every Gospel account it is clear, Jesus made it clear to his disciples. He would be handed over to the chief priests & scribes. They would condemn him to death. They would hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked, flogged, & crucified. Jesus knew all of that.

BUT JESUS WENT TO JERUSALEM ANYWAY. He knew what was waiting in Jerusalem. Luke shares with us these words of Jesus:

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.”

BUT JESUS WENT TO JERUSALEM ANYWAY. Jesus knew what was waiting in Jerusalem. In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus asks the disciples, “Who do the people say I am?” Then he asked, “Who do you say I am.” And Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” AND what happened next?

“From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”

BUT JESUS WENT TO JERUSALEM ANYWAY. Jesus knew what was waiting in Jerusalem. Jesus healed a blind man in Jericho and then they headed for Jerusalem. Jesus had already told his disciples 3 times what would take place there.

It was a 15 mile trip through the Judean wilderness. They would climb 3600′ in the process. They were moving from the Jordan valley over the mountains, to Jerusalem. Near the peak of the Mount of Olives, they would come to Bethany. There 2 disciples would get a donkey for Jesus. As they came to the crest of the mountain, they could see it. They could see their destination, Jerusalem.

They started down the mountain. As they neared the city, the crowd was all around cloaks were laid on the ground before him. The people were shouting Hosanna! Jesus was entering Jerusalem.

JESUS WENT TO JERUSALEM. Love came to town.

“When love comes to town I want to jump that train,

When loves comes to town I wanna catch that flame.

Maybe I was wrong to ever let you down,

but I did what I did before love came to town.”

Love came to town. JESUS WENT TO JERUSALEM. JESUS KNEW WHAT WAS WAITING FOR HIM THERE BUT JESUS WENT TO JERUSALEM ANYWAY.

Why? For you and for me. Jesus went to Jerusalem & love came to town.

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