Who Is This?
Matthew 21:1-10 – “And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem (the last six days of the Lord’s earthly life began here), and were come to Bethphage (very near Jerusalem), unto the Mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two Disciples (tradition says that it was Peter and John),
“Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you (probably refers to Bethphage), and straightway (immediately) you shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto Me.
“And if any man say ought (anything) unto you, you shall say, The Lord has need of them; and straightway (immediately) he will send them.
“All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,
“Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, your King comes unto you, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass (Zech. 9:9).
“And the Disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,
“And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes (a saddle of sorts), and they set Him thereon (He rode the colt, with the other one, its mother, following with its back also prepared for a rider, nevertheless absent, which served as a symbol of Israel which rejected Christ).
“And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way (concerned the thousands who were coming into Jerusalem to celebrate the three great Feast’s, ‘The Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First-fruits’; Christ would fulfill all three); others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed (scattered) them in the way (probably referred to palm fronds and branches from olive trees).
“And the multitudes that went before, and that followed (represents Israel before and the Church which followed), cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David (this was a Feast of Tabernacles expression, but premature): Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest (all of this was terminology by the people recognizing Him as the Messiah; but He was not recognized as such by the religious leaders of Israel).
“And when He was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? (‘Was moved’ refers to ‘quake’ as in an earthquake; thousands before and behind Him, were making the city ring with the great Salutation, ‘Hosanna in the Highest’.)”
The time frame of the Text occurred during the last week of the Life of Jesus Christ before the Crucifixion. This event is known as “The Triumphal Entry”. Thousands had gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the three great Feasts, “The Passover”, “Unleavened Bread”, and “First Fruits”.
There were seven Feasts ordained by God in the Mosaic Law. All seven portray Christ in the Type and Shadow. Let’s look at these seven Feasts and their meanings.
THE FEAST OF PASSOVER
“The Feast of Passover” portrays the death of Christ on Calvary’s Cross to atone for humanity’s sin. He would be the Lamb of God, who would give His Life in order to pay man’s debt of sin.
THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD
“The Feast of Unleavened Bread” spoke of the Perfect Sinless Body of Christ, which would serve as the Perfect Sacrifice, because it had never been tainted by sin. It also typified His Perfect, Sinless, and Spotless Life.
THE FEAST OF FIRST FRUITS
This feast portrays the Resurrection of Christ. His Resurrection would serve as the “Firstfruits” of the coming Resurrection of Life, referred to as the Rapture of the Church (I Thess. 4:16-17).
THE FEAST OF PENTECOST
Pentecost, which means fiftieth as it took place 50 days after the Passover, portrays Christ as the Baptizer of Believers in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5; 1:8; 2:1-4; Isaiah 28:11-12, Joel 2:28-29). It is interesting to note that on the very first Pentecost observed in the wilderness, 50 days after the first Passover in Egypt, 3,000 men were killed because of Israel’s sin with the golden calf (Ex. 32). But on the Day of Pentecost in Acts, Chapter 2, 3,000 men were saved.
THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS
This feast portrays all the events from the Rapture of the Church up and until the Second Coming. In Israel of old, there were two certain trumpet blasts used to call the people together for a united assembly (i.e., the Rapture when all the Saints will, at the sound of the Trump of God, assemble together in the clouds to meet the Lord), and the second blast was a call to war (the Battle of Armageddon, when all the Saints will come back to Earth with the Lord as a mighty army to defeat the Antichrist).
THE GREAT DAY OF ATONEMENT
This portrays the day when Israel will finally accept Christ as their true Messiah.
THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES
This refers to the coming Kingdom Age when Jesus Christ will set up His Throne in Jerusalem and rule in Righteousness and Holiness.
“WHO IS THIS?”
As the Lord was riding on the back of a donkey, Verse 10 says, “All the city was moved.” Picture the scene. Jerusalem was overflowing with thousands of people from all over the Roman Empire, shouting and exclaiming His praises. Many in the crowd had been healed through His Ministry, many had heard the Words of Life that fell from His Lips, and many, having heard of His mighty Acts, were eager to see just who this Man was.
The words, “was moved,” really mean “to quake,” as in an earthquake, as thousands upon thousands shouted “Hosanna in the Highest.”
Unfortunately, the attitude of the Pharisees was totally different. Their attitude was completely opposite of the people and their response was, “Behold the world is gone after Him.” This proclaimed their opposition to the Lord; actually, they hated Him. Sad to say, nothing has changed. The Apostate Church, of which the Pharisees were a type, must always attempt to kill the True Church.
The question, “Who is this?” is the question of the Ages. How one answers this question determines where one will spend eternity – Heaven or Hell.
Islam and Hinduism proclaim Jesus Christ as just a Prophet, but not the Son of God. Mormons say Jesus was the first baby born to God in Heaven, and that He and Lucifer were brothers. Jehovah’s Witnesses say that Jesus was Michael the Archangel prior to coming to Earth. The list is endless as to who religions of the world say Jesus is, too much to go into detail.
However, it doesn’t matter who people say Jesus is. The only way to answer that question is to go to the Word of God.
Here is Who the Bible says Jesus Christ is:
Jesus Christ is God!
In Genesis, He is the Creator.
In Exodus, He is the Deliverer.
In Leviticus, He is the Sacrifice.
In Numbers, He is the Sanctuary.
In Deuteronomy, He is the Word.
In Joshua, He is the Victory.
In Judges, He is the Righteous Judge.
In First and Second Samuel, He is the Anointed One.
In First and Second Kings, He is the King.
In First and Second Chronicles, He is the Temple.
In Ezra, he is the Restoration.
In Nehemiah, He is the Wall.
In Esther, He is the Unseen but Guiding Hand.
In Job, He is our Sanctification.
In Psalms, He is our Song.
In Proverbs, He is Wisdom.
In Ecclesiastes, He is the Preacher.
In The Song of Solomon, He is the Virgin Born Son.
In Isaiah, He is “A Nail in a Sure Place.”
In Jeremiah, He is the Balm of Gilead.
In Lamentations, He is the Sorrowing Saviour.
In Ezekiel, He is the Wheel in the middle of the wheel.
In Daniel, He is the Fourth Man in the fiery furnace.
In Hosea, He is the Altar Call.
In Joel, He is the Promise of the Holy Spirit.
In Amos, He is Judgment.
In Obadiah, He is Vengeance.
In Jonah, He is the Presence of the Lord.
In Micah, He is the Ruler of Israel.
In Nahum, He is the Holiness of God.
In Habakkuk, He is the Vision.
In Zephaniah, He is the Day of the Lord.
In Haggai, He is the Lord of Hosts.
In Zechariah, He is the Holiness unto the Lord.
In Malachi, He is the Son of Righteousness Who arises with Healing in His Wings.
In Matthew, He is King.
In Mark, He is the Servant.
In Luke, He is The Man.
In John, He is God.
In Acts, He is the Baptizer in the Holy Spirit.
In Romans, He is Justification by Faith.
In First Corinthians, He is the Resurrection.
In Second Corinthians, He is the Ministry of Reconciliation.
In Galatians, He is Faith.
In Ephesians, He is the One seated by the Right Hand of the Father.
In Philippians, He is the Exalted One.
In Colossians, He is the Head of the Church.
In First Thessalonians, He is the Rapture.
In Second Thessalonians, He is the Victor over the man of sin.
In First Timothy, He is Sound Doctrine.
In Second Timothy, He is Power, Love, and a Sound Mind.
In Titus, He is the Pastor.
In Philemon, He is the Saviour of Slaves.
In Hebrews, He is a Better Covenant.
In James, He is the Healer.
In First Peter, He is Redemption.
In Second Peter, He is All Things that Pertain to Life and Godliness.
In First John, He is Love.
In Second John, He is Love.
In Third John, He is Love.
In Jude, He is the Common Salvation.
In Revelation, He is King of kings and Lord of lords.
Jesus Christ is All in All; He is Our Everything.
That’s Who Jesus Christ is!
He is the Answer to every broken heart and sin sick soul.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
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