by Roby Ellis
[Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:1-11]
A. John portrays Jesus as One Who was both fully man and fully God.
B. Matthew approaches the task of chronicling Jesus’ life from a uniquely Jewish perspective with a strong emphasis on the kingdom of heaven that Jesus came to establish.
C. Matthew portrays Jesus as the One anointed by God.
I. Jesus is the Messiah, the Anointed One.
A. Jesus is a prophet (John 4:19; 9:17; Matthew 21:46; 13:57).
B. Jesus is a priest (Hebrews 7:11-19, 25; 4:15; 6:19-20).
C. Jesus is a king (John 18:36-37; cf. Jeremiah 22:24-30; 2 Samuel 7:16; Acts 2:30).
II. Jesus’ kingdom has often been misunderstood.
A. It was misunderstood by Herod (Matthew 2:1-18).
B. It was misunderstood by the Jews (cf. Psalm 2).
C. It was misunderstood by Jesus’ own disciples (Matthew 20:20-28; Mark 9:33-37).
D. It is still misunderstood by many today who hope to be a part of it.
A. If you are not yet a citizen in Jesus’ kingdom, He tells you Himself how you must enter it (Matthew 7:21; 18:3-4; John 3:5).
B. To many of the Jews, Jesus was not the king they were looking for, and there may be times when we would prefer a different sort of king to direct our lives.
C. Is Jesus the King of your life today?