The theme and outline for this two-part series on the triumphal entry are as follows:
- He embraced Messianic acclaim
- He realized Messianic expectations
- He performed Messianic works
- He fulfilled Messianic purpose.
We considered only the first in part one.
John MacArthur made this insight about the significance of Jesus’ hour coming to pass at the same time as Passover:
Jesus did it in His own time and forced the whole issue, brought about the whole thing in order that it might happen exactly on the Passover day, fitting that when all the other lambs were being sacrificed, the One true Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world would be sacrificed on the very same day that all the rest of the sacrifices were going on. So Jesus was not at the mercy of the plots of men, but rather was bringing about the forcing of the issue of His own death so that it would happen on a day when He planned it and God planned it before the world began, not when the Jewish leaders decided it would happen.
His coming into Jerusalem precipitated the crisis of His death in God’s appointed time. That’s why He so openly and freely embraced the Messianic acclaim offered Him along the road toward Jerusalem when every time before He had refused the same.
Hail to the Lamb who was slain from before the foundation of the world!