THE LAST DAYS OF JESUS

"Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your King comes unto you, meek, and sitting upon a donkey, and a colt the foal of a donkey"{ (Matthew 21:5) "Behold, the LORD has proclaimed unto the ends of the earth, Say you to the daughter of Zion, Behold, your salvation comes; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him" (Isaiah 62:11) “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, your King comes unto you: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon a donkey, and upon a colt the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9)

Leslie M John

In the last section of the Gospel according to Matthew, chapters ranging from 21 to 28 a quick outlook of great achievements of Lord Jesus Christ is seen.  It starts with His triumphal entry into Jerusalem as the King of Jews, followed by the exercise of His authority in the Temple, teachings on the Kingdom of heaven, resurrection, the encounter with hypocrisy of Pharisees, teachings on the Parable of fig tree, the end times, the second coming of Jesus, Sheep and Goat Judgment, salvation to left behind Jews and Gentiles, His praying in Gethsemane before His crucifixion, the betrayal by Judas Iscariot, His trial and crucifixion, resurrection, and His command to His disciples to preach the Gospel.

The day of triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem corroborates with the tenth day of the month Abib, which God designated as the first month for His people, the people of Israel (Ref. Exodus 13:1; 23:15;34:18; Deut. 16:1)

“Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover unto the LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night”. (Deuteronomy 16:1)

“This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you”. (Exodus 12:2)

The name of the month “Abib” was later changed as “Nissan” (cf. Nehemiah 2:1; Esther 3:7). 

THE TRIUMPHAL ENTRY OF LORD JESUS

After Jesus had healed two blind men, He and His disciples drew near unto Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, unto the Mount of Olives.  The Lord then sent His two disciples with instructions that they should go into the village opposite to them. There, He said, they will find a donkey tied and a colt with her. He said that they should unloosen them and bring them to Him, and that, in the meanwhile, if anyone asks them as to why they were taking away the donkey and the colt, they should say that the Lord has need of them, and the man will send them immediately.  It shows great rapport among Jesus and the man, who willingly offered the donkey and the colt to be used by the Jesus.

The lowliness of Lord Jesus Christ exhibited here is incredible and awesome. Apostle Paul exhorts in believers in Ephesus and in Philippi as follows: 

“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love” (Ephesians 4:1-2)
“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves”  (Philippians 2:3). 

As the Lord commanded His disciples they went and brought the donkey and the colt and, thereafter, they laid their clothes on the donkey and the colt and set Jesus on the donkey.  The Lord sat on the donkey and rode on it. A very great multitude of people spread their garments in the way, while others cut down branches (leaves) from the trees, and spread them in the way, The multitudes, who went before and those who followed cried saying “Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest. When the Lord entered into Jerusalem, the entire city was moved and questioned as to who He was!.  The multitude testified that He was the Jesus, the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

The riding on the donkey by Lord Jesus Christ and His triumphal entry into Jerusalem were the fulfillment of Prophecy proclaimed in Isaiah 62:11 and Zechariah 9:9.

“Behold, the LORD has proclaimed unto the ends of the earth, Say you to the daughter of Zion, Behold, your salvation comes; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him” (Isaiah 62:11)

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, your King comes unto you: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon a donkey, and upon a colt the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9)

The shadow of crucifixion of Jesus is seen in Exodus 12:1-51

The children of Israel were instructed to take a lamb without any blemish on the tenth day of the month Abib and set it apart until the fourteenth day of the said month. Every family has to set apart one lamb each for their house, and if the household is too small for the lamb they can share with the household next to their house according to the eating capacity of the number of persons. The lamb shall be killed on the fourteenth day of the month and its blood shall be applied to the lintel posts of the house in order that the LORD on the day of Passover may pass the house without killing the firstborn in the house.

The children of Israel were instructed to do this act in order that the LORD may kill all the firstborn of Egyptians, including that of Pharaoh, and redeem the children of Israel from the bondage of slavery. Pharaoh had refused to release the children of Israel from the bondage of slavery in spite of God bringing upon him and on the land of Egypt nine plagues until then. The killing of the firstborn of the Egyptians was the result of tenth plague, which was the last and final plague that was brought upon them by the LORD God Jehovah.  After facing this dreadful plague Pharaoh released the children of Israel from the bondage of slavery.

This was a shadow of the substance that was to happen in due course of time.  It was fulfilled in the life of Jesus, who was set apart by the Father in heaven, to be a propitiation for mankind. Lord Jesus Christ completed His ministry in surrounding areas of Jerusalem, and when it was time for Him to offer Himself as a sacrifice dying a substitutionary death on behalf of us, He made a triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It was fulfilled according to God’s timing.

Sometimes men try to go intervene in God’s plan and try to help Almighty God, as if God cannot take care of His plans.  John 6:15 records an interesting incidence where it says few men tried to help God by forcibly taking Jesus from the midst of congregation to make Him the King of Jews.  They did it when people were convinced that He was the Messiah after seeing the miracles done by Him.  Jesus avoided such an action by them and He went into a mountain alone.

“When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone” (John 6:15)

He was born king as we read in Matthew 2:2, 11. The wise men fell down and worshipped not Mary, His mother, but Him, and they offered gold, frankincense, and myrrh as gifts.

And when they came into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2:11)

The prophecy in Revelation 19:16 declares Him as the “…KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation 19:16). Revelation 20:1-7 declares that Jesus will reign the whole earth for one thousand years. The crucifixion and second coming of Jesus is prophesied in Zachariah 12:10; 13:1; 14:4 and Romans 11:26-29

On the fourteenth day of the month of Abib, immediately after celebrating Passover, the Lord instituted Lord’s Supper to remember Him (ref. Luke 22:15-20)

 “In the fourteenth day of the first month at evening is the LORD’s Passover” (Leviticus 23:5)
“And on the fourteenth day of the first month is the Passover of the LORD” (Numbers 28:16)

Luke 22:21-71; Luke 23:1-56 records the sequence of events of crucifixion of Jesus, and Luke 24:1-53 records the resurrection and related events.

Our sin was judged on the cross, and we, who confessed our sins to Him, and confessed Him as Lord, and believed that God raised Him from the dead on the third day after His death, were saved and are promised everlasting life to be with Him forever and ever.


Mellennium To Millennium and Beyond: Israel and the Church

This book deals with different dispensations and how God dealt with mankind in different periods. It includes some of the major events in the lives of men from Genesis to Revelation covering man’s disobedience, Lord Jesus Christ’s substitutionary death, burial and resurrection, and eternity.

God chose Israel as nation for Himself, and called the children of Israel as His people. He is their God. He was angry with them over their unfaithfulness. The “House of Israel” was scattered and the “House of Judah” was taken into captivity.

God presented a similitude of their unfaithfulness though the life of Hosea the prophet. God commanded Hosea to marry a woman from among prostitutes. In spite of their unfaithfulness God promised them that He would restore them because of Abrahamic Covenant.

The Church is the Chaste virgin of Lord Jesus Christ and not to be confused with Israel. The Church has unique place in the sight of the LORD and is above Israel. The Church has Jews and Gentiles in it. The Church has come into existence when Holy Spirit came into the world and dwelt in the hearts of believers . The Holy Spirit will be taken out from this world when Lord Jesus Christ comes again.

The History continues with unbelievers and rebellious children of Israel who will be left behind after the Church is caught up to be with the Lord Jesus Christ for ever and ever.