The city of Jerusalem questioned Jesus’ triumphant entry into the city through a crowd exclaiming shouts of ‘Hosanna.’ They were disturbed that a prophet from Nazareth would be hailed as Messiah. Likewise, the money changers’ and vendors’ tables and wares displayed in the temple courts were overturned by the Lord. Jesus drove them out and called them thieves. The Lord’s ministry was nearing its end, and as Jesus approached the completion of His work, He was met with more and more resistance from the people of Jerusalem. Who was this man from Galilee Who claimed to be sent from God?
The words of the prophet Isaiah written centuries prior to Jesus’ birth contain within it the answer that had been prepared for them since the beginning of time: “Here is my Servant, Whom I uphold, my Chosen One in Whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on Him, and He will bring justice to the nations.” This man from Galilee had indeed come to earth to fulfill God’s Promise to His people. Just as He knew of His death on the Cross, Jesus foresaw that the people would not recognize Him. He knew that those He had come to save would reject His Divine ability, His Sovereignty, and Kingship. And yet, at the same time, God willed that the rejection of the Son of Man would redeem humanity. The hope of the Resurrection shines brightest against the sorrow of the Cross, and by the Cross we are reminded that our Lord Jesus Christ chose to be His Father’s Servant for our sake. The LORD, the Creator of the heavens Himself takes hold of us through His Son and frees us from the bonds of sin and darkness.