BIBLE INSIGHTS in 500 words.
Jesus, Our King
Richard Leslie Parrott, Ph.D.
The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem is found in all four Gospels. Each presents Jesus, the Messiah/King and contributes something unique to the story.
- Palms from John: the only Gospel to mention the word “palm” (John 12:13)
- Prophecy from Matthew: the prophecy of “riding on a donkey” Zechariah 9:9 (Matthew 21:4).
- People from Matthew, Mark, and John: a picture of the large and loud throngs of people (Mark 11:8; John 12:12; Matthew 12:8-10)
Luke portrays a unique view, more humble, contained, and intimate.
- No Palm Branches: instead, we hear “loud voices for all the miracles they had seen” (Luke 19:37).
- No Prophecy Revealed: Rather than “Hosanna” (Psalm 118:25) they sing, “Blessed is the King who comes . . .” (Luke 19:38).
- No Large Crowds: We find “people,” a “whole crowd.” “loud voices,” and even a few Pharisees hiding “in the crowd” (Luke 19:35, 37-38) but not multitudes
Luke is different because Luke has a unique message about Jesus, the Messiah/King.
MARK and MATTHEW focus on Jesus as God’s Messiah/King for Israel. False expectations are highlighted with stories of the blind receiving sight (Mark 10:48-52; Matthew 20:29-34). The welcoming “crowd” on Sunday, is turned when a few days later “the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas instead” (Mark 15:11, also Matthew 27:20). Jesus is God’s Messiah/King and Jerusalem has rejected him.
JOHN presents Jesus as the King of the New Creation. Entrance into Jerusalem follows the resurrection of Lazarus, the anointing from Mary, and the Sanhedrin’s plot to kill Jesus (John 11:1-12:11). With Lazarus at his side, he enters the city as “the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). The ironic words of the Pharisees point to Jesus, King of the world “Look how the whole world has gone after him!” (John 12:17-20)
LUKE presents Jesus as King of His Disciples. The focus is on the disciples; Jesus sent two disciples to fetch the donkey (Luke 19:29); the same two disciples “threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it” (Luke 19:35); note, “the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God (Luke 19:37); and the Pharisees say, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples” (Luke 19:39)!
What is the lesson for us, the disciples of Jesus, the Messiah/King?
- The Scripture is clear; Israel rejected her Messiah/King.
- The world does not yet acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah/King.
- As His disciples, we anticipate the day when, “every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11).
Until that day, as his disciples, we know Jesus is OUR Messiah/King,
“And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way (Ephesians 1:22-23).
How are we to live as His disciples?
We remain loyal because of our love for Him.
We align our lives with His purpose.