In Matthew 21, verses 1 through 11, Jesus Christ is making His triumphant entry into Jerusalem and when He arrives there, the people of the city ask an important question:
1. And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,
2. Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me
3. And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.
4. All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,
5. Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
6. And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,
7. And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.
8. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.
9. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
10. And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?
11. And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.
Today is commonly known as Palm Sunday and begins the week leading up to Easter Sunday when we celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The people of Jerusalem asked an important question upon Jesus’ arrival – WHO IS THIS? Today, we want to take a moment and talk about who Jesus Christ is or as Psalm 24:10 puts it, “Who is this King of glory?”
Jesus is one of the most controversial figures in history. His true identity is what separates all world religions. Some claim He is just a good man and a prophet, others say He is a created being; still others say He is the Son of God. Every major religion acknowledges Jesus but only one can be right about who He really is. If you are seeking the truth, the beginning point of your search should be on the person of Jesus.
I. JESUS IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE
There is a common belief that all religions are the same, that we all worship the same God. This is not true. In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Jesus is The Way – not a way. It is imperative to know the truth about Him.
Many people refer to Jesus as being the Son of God. This statement is Biblically correct. Unfortunately, many religious groups acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God, but they do not mean the same thing. When you question them further, you will find that they believe He was a created being of some sort.
II. JESUS IS GOD IN THE FLESH
If we are to clearly convey what the Bible says about Jesus, we must recognize Him as God in the flesh. This statement will clearly distinguish the core of your belief.
In 1 John 2:22-23 we read: “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.” In John 4:25-26 we find that the term Christ and the Messiah are synonymous. Jesus told the woman at the well that He was the Messiah. In the Old Testament, the Messiah’s deity was foretold. In Isaiah 7:14 we are told, “…a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” In Matthew 1:23 we find that the term Immanuel means God With Us. In Isaiah 9:6-7 we see that the child was to be called Mighty God.
In his book, ‘Mere Christianity”, C.S. Lewis said this about Jesus Christ:
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Jesus: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic -? on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg ?- or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
III. JESUS HIMSELF CLAIMED TO BE GOD
In John 5:18 and John 10:33, the Jews clearly understood that Jesus was claiming to be deity. John 5:18 reads, “Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.” John 10:33 states, “The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.”
In John 8:58, Jesus referred to Himself as “I AM”, the same term God used about Himself when He talked to Moses at the burning bush in Exodus 3:14. In Acts 20:28 we are told that Jesus purchased the church “with His own blood.” The only way that could be true is if Jesus was God.
IV. JESUS FORGAVE SINS AND ACCEPTED WORSHIP FROM OTHERS
In the Gospels, several incidents re-affirm Jesus’ deity. In Mark 2:5-7 Jesus forgave sins. “When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?” In Matthew 12:25 and Luke 6:8 Jesus knew peoples thoughts. He also exhibited power of nature in Luke 8:24 and Matthew 14:25. In Exodus 34:14, we are commanded to “worship no other god.”
Jesus received and approved of others worshipping Him. Matthew 14:33 reads, “Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.” John 9:38 reads, “And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.” All these things were powers and prerogatives that belong only to God.
V. JESUS PROPHESIED HIS CRUCIFIXION AND RESURRECTION
Finally, in John 2:18-22 Jesus made the most astounding prediction of all time. He prophesied His body would be destroyed (crucified), but in three days He would raise Himself from the dead. John 2:18-22 reads, “Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body. When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.” All four Gospels clearly sho
Jesus clearly claimed to be God in the flesh. This means either He was a lunatic of epic proportions or He is who He said He is. There is no middle ground. If Jesus is who He claimed to be, there is nothing more important than receiving Him as our Savior. John 1:12 states, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”
Dear friend, do you know this Jesus for yourself? If not, allow me to share with you from God’s Word how you can accept the free gift of salvation that Jesus Christ died and rose from the dead to give to you and me:
First we must acknowledge His deity, what He did on the cross, and His resurrection. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 states, “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
Second, we must acknowledge we are sinners. Romans 3:23 states, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
Third, we must realize that we need God to redeem us from our sin. 1 Peter 1:18-19 reads, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” 1 Peter 3:18 reads, “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”
Finally, we must ask Jesus to come into our life. Revelation 3:20 reads, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
We receive Christ by faith. Salvation is a gift offered to us by His grace. Ephesians 2:8-9 states, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
If you believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, please pray with me the following simple prayer:
Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you prayed this prayer with all sincerity, you now know God has forgiven all your sins. Ephesians 1:7 states, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” You also know that Jesus will help you to change whatever needs to be changed in your life. Philippians 4:13 states “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour!
Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith! God Bless You!