Lots going on in these passages, and as you look at all four gospels, you really get an idea of the frenzy going on due to Jesus’ entrance in Jerusalem. People are shouting,
Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (Matthew 21:9)
“Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” (Mark 11:10)
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest! (Luke 19:38)
Blessed is the king of Israel! (John 12:13)
Because of the frenzy some people were asking, “What’s going on? Who is this guy?” And others replied, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” (Matthew 21:11)
We see from John that one of the reasons for all this frenzy was that people were still talking about Jesus’ raising Lazarus from the dead (John 12:17-18)
At first, the Pharisees tried to stop all of this, even trying to get Jesus to stop his disciples from crying out all these words of praise. But when Jesus refused, they muttered to themselves,
This is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him! (John 12:19)
But for all the frenzy surrounding Jesus’ coming the most poignant moment comes just before Jesus enters the city. In the midst of all the cries of joy from the people, Jesus wept when he saw Jerusalem, saying,
If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” (Luke 19:42-44)
And that’s exactly what happened in AD 70 when Titus came and destroyed Jerusalem and its temple.
Why did this happen? Because they, “did not recognize the time of God’s coming” to them. And because of that, they missed the peace that could have been theirs. Peace within themselves. But more importantly, peace with God.
The same is true with us. God comes to each of us at some time in our lives. According to Romans chapter 1, even the one who has never heard of God has that opportunity. When they gaze into the sky or see all the nature around them, the Spirit speaks to them saying, “This cannot be an accident. This was designed. You were designed. Seek the Designer.”
For others, the call is much more direct. It comes at church or through a friend telling them about Christ.
And at that point people reach a crossroad. What will they do with this call? Will they listen and follow? Or will they reject it? To follow is to find peace with God and eternal life. To reject it means judgment and eternal death.
How about you? If you are reading this, God is calling you now. Now is the day of salvation. Won’t you receive him today? All you need to do is pray.
Lord Jesus, I have sinned. I’ve been living my own way, and in doing so I’ve hurt you, I’ve hurt the people I love, and I’ve hurt myself. Forgive me. I believe you died on the cross for my sins and rose again. Thank you for that kind of love. Now come into my life and save me. Be my King. Be my Lord. I want to follow you from now on. In Jesus name, amen.