Summary: 'Jesus is a king like no other' - Matthew chapter 21 verses 1-11 by Gordon Curley (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email:


(1). This King is a different kind of king (vs 1-9).

(2). This King knows who He was and who He is (vs 10-11).

(3). This King came as part of a master strategy (vs 4-5).

(4). This king demands your response (vs 5)



• A story is told of an ancient king out hunting with a group of men,

• They had wandered quite away from their base,

• And rather than go all the way back there for food,

• The king suggested they stop at the next farm and buy some eggs.

• The farmer produced the eggs and asked for thirty pounds for just a few eggs.

• The king was surprised and replied that "Eggs must surely be scarce in that town."

• "No, your majesty," replied the farmer, "but kings are."

• TRANSITION: Matthew in his gospel portrays Jesus as a king.

• We see that for example in his birth, his life and his death:

i.e., Matthew chapter 2 verse 2:

• The Magi / wise men come looking for a baby,

• They ask the question "Where is he born to be KING of the Jews".

• Herod was only king because he was rich, and he purchased the position off the Romans.

• But this baby will be born king – it is his kingdom by rights!

i.e., Matthew chapter 4 verse 23:

"Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues,

preaching the good news of the KINGDOM, and healing every

disease and sickness among the people."

• Jesus speaks again and again about; "The Kingdom of heaven".

• If you have a kingdom; then you need a king!

• Matthew in his gospel tells us who that king is!

i.e., Matthew chapter 27 verse 11:

"Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him,

"Are you the king of the Jews?"

"Yes, it is as you say," replied Jesus".

i.e., Matthew chapter 27 verse 37:

• On the cross a sign was nailed,

• "This is Jesus, the KING of the Jews".

• Yet the wrote the sign in three languages (Greek, Latin and Hebrew)

• The most common languages of their day.

• e.g., Latin was the official language of the Roman Empire.

• It represented human government, power, and conquest.

• e.g., Greek was the international language of culture & literature.

• It represented human wisdom, art, and commerce.

• e.g., Hebrew was the religious language of the Jews.

• It represented the Jewish people and their covenant with the Law of God.

• TRANSITION: This man was a king like nonother,

• King of the Jews but relevant for all people.

• In the verses before us,

• Jerusalem and her residents are about to meet their king!

• The triumphant entry is a remarkable event recorded by all four Gospels.

• It is the first and only time Jesus allowed a public demonstration on his behalf.

• Up until this time Jesus had deliberately withdrawn from any public display of him.

• e.g., John chapter 6 verse 15 15.

“Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force,

withdrew again to a mountain by himself.”

(1). This King is a different kind of king (vs 1-9).


• Revealed on Channels 4 documentary Secrets of the Royal flight an expert revealed:

• “For her 44,000-mile commonwealth tour in 1953

• The Queen’s luggage weighted… (any guesses) …12 tonnes.”

• Well Liz has cut back a bit since then, but did you know that wherever she goes,

• “The Queen currently travels with at least three outfit changes a day,

• As well as an all-black one for the purposes of mourning is always included too just in case.”

• TRANSITION: Jesus was a different kind of king.

• e.g., He was a king who organized his own travel arrangements.

• We read in verses 1-3 that he arranged for two of his disciples to bring him a donkey,

• And this mode of transportation was no accident.

• It was quite calculated and deliberate.

• Matthew reveals to us in verse 5,

• That Jesus was fulfilling the prophecy spoken centuries before in the Old Testament.

• (Zechariah 9:9 and Isaiah 62:11).

“‘Say to Daughter Zion,

“See, your king comes to you,

gentle and riding on a donkey,

and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.””

• Matthew declares to his readers,

• (His gospel was written primarily with a Jewish audience in mind),

• He declares out the events of that day, “Your King has come!”


• We tend to think of a donkey as a lowly animal,

• But to the Jew it was a beast fit for a king:

• e.g., Israel’s greatest King, David rode on one (1 Kings chapter 1 verses 33-34).

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