Summary: The shaking of the spiritual realm. The inheritance of the meek.


Matthew 21:1-11

Jesus approached Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover with His disciples - and to present Himself as the ultimate Passover lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7). Yet it has to be clear from the beginning that Jesus was coming as the rightful heir to David’s throne (cf. 1 Kings 1:33-39). In a deliberate act of providence (Matthew 21:1-3), Jesus entered Jerusalem in a manner which perfectly fulfilled Zechariah 9:9.

This was the ‘triumphant entry’ of Jesus into Jerusalem - upon a humble beast of burden. The city was abuzz with anticipation. Pontius Pilate was about the same time making his own entry into the city from the other direction - probably on a horse.

Those of us who have had the privilege of growing up in the Christian tradition will find this all very familiar. The events of Palm Sunday (as we call it) are recorded in all four Gospels. The donkey (and the colt); the disciples’ clothes to make Jesus comfortable; the crowds strewing their garments in the way; the waving of palm branches (Matthew 21:7-8).

The loud cries of “Hosanna” (save now!) - “Blessed is He that comes in the name of the LORD” (Matthew 21:9; cf. Psalm 118:25-26). Jesus would later warn Jerusalem: ‘You shall not see me henceforth until you say, Blessed is He that comes in the name of the LORD’ (Matthew 23:39). This was because the enthusiastic singing of the Psalm on Palm Sunday had been from lips which would later cry, ‘Let Him be crucified’ (Matthew 27:22).

It would be true to say that the very earth was groaning in anticipation of what was to come over the following week (cf. Romans 8:19-22). This would be evidenced in the seismic events which were soon to follow (Matthew 27:51-54; Matthew 28:2-4) - but even now the spiritual realm was being shaken, as evidenced by the whole city (meaning the people in it) being “moved” by what occurred on Palm Sunday (Matthew 21:10).

Jesus, the meek “prophet of Nazareth in Galilee” (Matthew 21:11) has told us that ‘the meek’ shall inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5).

Yet we only inherit if we are found in Him.

‘The meek’ who ‘inherit the earth’ are those who ‘delight themselves in the abundance of peace’ (Psalm 37:11) - and are synonymous with:

a) ‘those that wait upon the LORD’ (Psalm 37:9);

b) ‘those who are blessed of Him’ (Psalm 37:22);

c) ‘the righteous’ (Psalm 37:29);

d) those that ‘keep His way’ (Psalm 37:34).

Jesus condescended to become man, was born in a stable, entered Jerusalem on a donkey, and washed His disciples’ feet. He took upon Himself the sins of the whole world - your sins and my sins - and died to procure our salvation.

‘Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus… who humbled Himself…’ (Philippians 2:5-7).

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