Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Commands of Christ - Matthew 21:1-6

"Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them." All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: "TELL THE DAUGHTER OF ZION, 'BEHOLD, YOUR KING IS COMING TO YOU, LOWLY, AND SITTING ON A DONKEY, A COLT, THE FOAL OF A DONKEY.' " So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them." -Matthew 21:1-6

To whom is this command spoken?

Spoken to two of Jesus' disciples.

What does this command require?

Go into the village, bring the donkey and colt to Me, if anyone says anything to you, tell them "The Lord has need of them."

What truths do we learn through this command?

Jesus was in-tune with what the Scriptures said. He came to fulfill prophecy concerning Himself. I find the fulfillment of prophecies concerning Christ remarkable. There are so many things that were prophesied in the Old Testament about the Messiah. The odds of someone filling even just ten of those things are astronomical. Jesus fulfilled all that was prophesied about Him regarding His first coming. These prophesies that have been fulfilled point to who Jesus is. He is the Son of God, the Messiah, the Savior of the world, the King of Israel. 

Again, we have testimony here of Jesus omniscience. He knows all things. He knew where the donkey and colt were. He knew that someone might ask them about it. He knows all things.

What were the blessings of obedience?

These two disciples got to be a part of fulfilling the Old Testament. They also got to be a part of the wonderful celebration that we call the Triumphal Entry. 

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