Summary: The journey into Jerusalem was an overture of deliverance; it begins in obscurity and ends in victory; Jesus can do the same for you, us, and our world today!

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Matthew 21:1-11

Sermon Objective: The journey into Jerusalem was an overture of deliverance. It begins in obscurity and ends in victory. Jesus can do the same for you, us, and our world today!

MATTHEW 21:1-11

1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 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.”

4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

5 “Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 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!”

10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”


When I lived in the Chicago area I had the chance to attend a few Chicago Bulls basketball games. This was in the late 80’s and 90’s and Michael Jordan was in his prime. I still remember how they began each of these games. The arena would go dark and silent and then there would be loud music (I can still here the tune played), laser lights would sweep across the arena and then they would introduce the team. You know who the last one introduced was right? It was Michael. And it was done with louder music, a louder announcer and a raucous crowd! You could not help but get caught up in the emotion of the event.

Well, Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem had no laser light show and no articulate announcer introducing him but it did create quite a stir among the common folk. I would have been easy to get caught up in the emotion of the moment. No doubt, many did.

And, in contrast to M.J. who was just a good basketball player, Jesus was a genuine hero to the people! He taught them as no one else did.

• He loved them even though they could not buy his love

• He spent time with them – something the blue bloods of Judaism or Rome never did

• He set them free from disease

• He pardoned them from sin and washed away the guilt

No wonder there was a parade!

Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was not a self-congratulatory road show – it was to finalize the liberation and love he had shown these people. They had no idea what would happen in the next week or how costly his love for them was going to be; but Jesus knew, and still, he went to Jerusalem!

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