WHO IS THIS?
WHO IS THIS? In chapter twenty-one of the Gospel of Matthew a very important question is raised about Jesus Christ. You know the events of that chapter. Today, it is called Palm Sunday, the day Jesus went riding into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey with adoring crowds surrounding Him. People’s cloaks were spread on the road along with branches from trees, and the crowds went ahead of him and behind him and they shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (vs.8-9 NIV). The people living in Jerusalem seemed a little confused about who Jesus was and why the crowds were so excited because they reacted in this manner, “When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” (v.10 NIV). The crowds who came with Jesus did not seem at all confused about who Jesus was and they promptly answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee,” (v.11 NIV).
Who is this man called Jesus? That is still a question today for most of the world’s population. Was Jesus just a great prophet? Was He just another great religious figure of history that made an impact on society and achieved acclaim from the people of His day? Was He just a religious zealot who stirred the crowds and upset the religious establishment of His day? Is Jesus just someone who appeared on the pages of history with some kind of miraculous powers for a while and then vanished to pages on our bookshelves? In spite of a tremendous percentage of people in the world celebrating His personage on Sundays and special days such as Palm Sunday, Easter, and Christmas have we as individuals really decided who this man called Jesus really is? That is a really important question and it is eternally important that each one of us knows the answer and responds to it today so we are not like the crowds of Jerusalem on that eventful day asking, “Who is this?” We never know when a day is going to be our last day on earth. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well,” (Gospel of John 14:6-7 NIV). The way to the Father’s house is through Jesus.