Revealing Christ, the Anointed One and His Anointing

Matthew 21:1-22

Matthew 21:1-22

Sumarry
As Jesus entered into Jerusalem triumphantly like a king that if fulfillment of a prophecy. He was hailed by the same people who condemned him to be crucified before Pilate.
We also see Christ overwhelmed with the burden of the Gods house when he cast out all the traders and emphasized that God desires true worshippers who seek him in prayer.
Jesus also healed the blind in the temple and the scribes and priests despised him as children sang his praise. Jesus told them that God has perfected his praise in the mouth of babes, and except the priests be as meek, teachable and simple hearted as children, the kingdom of God would be far from them.
Finally we learnt the lesson of the fig tree that Jesus caused to dry up. Jesus taught his amazed disciples that if they can have faith, nothing would be impossible for them.

Life application
Every word of prophecy from God would surely come to pass, it is our duty to receive the word, believe it and make it our confessions as we await its manifestation.

We need to strengthen our fellowship with God. He desires this above religious practices that do not allow us to worship him in spirit and truth.
Like children, we need to be simple hearted, meek, and ready to unlearn certain things so as to learn spiritual principles and truths.

Without faith, it is impossible to receive anything from God.

Personal declaration
Because I am the just and righteous, I will live by faith in the word of God daily, I will fellowship with my father in spirit and in truth and I will be simple hearted enough to receive from God.

Reading – Matthew 21:1-22

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

21 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 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. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

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

“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.’”[a]

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna[b] to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[c]

“Hosanna[d] in the highest heaven!”

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.”

Jesus at the Temple

12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’[e] but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’[f]

14 The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.15 But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant.

16 “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him.

“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read,

“‘From the lips of children and infants
    you, Lord, have called forth your praise’[g]?”

17 And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.

Jesus Curses a Fig Tree

18 Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. 19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!”Immediately the tree withered.

20 When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked.

21 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 21:5 Zech. 9:9
  2. Matthew 21:9 A Hebrew expression meaning “Save!” which became an exclamation of praise; also in verse 15
  3. Matthew 21:9 Psalm 118:25,26
  4. Matthew 21:9 A Hebrew expression meaning “Save!” which became an exclamation of praise; also in verse 15
  5. Matthew 21:13 Isaiah 56:7
  6. Matthew 21:13 Jer. 7:11
  7. Matthew 21:16 Psalm 8:2 (see Septuagint)

All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.

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