“When Jesus entered Jerusalem the whole city
was stirred and said 'Who is this'?" (Mathew 21: 10).
Jesus Christ became a man for three purposes: Firstly to accomplish His prophetical ministry that is to proclaim freedom for the captives… "and the year of the Lord's favour and the day of vengeance of our God" (Isa 1: 2) and to call the disobedient and rebellious people to repentance (Mat. 21: 21).
Secondly it was to fulfill His High Priestly ministry, meaning, as our priest mediator, He had to make a sacrifice for the people’s sin. But in this case Jesus the eternal priest (Heb. 7: 21, 24, 26) himself became the sacrificial lamb (John 1: 29). His death on the cross was not for His sins but He bore our sins and offered Himself as a Sacrifice (2 Cori 5:21; 1Pet 2:24).
Thirdly, Jesus became a man in order to fulfill the kingly ministry. According to the covenant made with David, at the time of His second coming, He will sit on the throne and rule the people (Isa 9:6,7). The Jewish people were expecting the Messiah that had been promised to their fathers, but they were looking for Him to fulfill the kingly ministry. They could not accept His priestly sacrificial death (Rom. 11:8) When Jesus was on earth, those following him expected a new era, one that would mark the end to the Roman rule and the beginning of the Messianic kingdom. So they shouted Hosanna to Him, welcoming Him to Jerusalem as the ‘King of the Jews’ (Mat 21:41,9). But just a few days later, when Jesus did not make any moves to become King, they became disappointed, and their shouts of "Hosanna" changed to shouts of “Crucify him”!
The Religious and the political world were blinded and could not recognize who Jesus was. Some accepted Him as a good teacher, while others as a great leader and prophet.
Napoleon made this comment on Jesus: “I never knew a man and I tell you Jesus was not just a man who founded a Nation on the principle of Love.” Let us see what the scripture reveals about Him:
He is the eternal son, the very God who incarnated to redeem the world, for “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and Today and forever”(Heb.13:8)
He is the True God and Eternal Life” (1 Jon 5:20).
He is the ‘Bread of life’ (John. 6: 35) and the ‘light of the world’ (John 8:12)
He is the ‘Good shepherd’ and the ‘Door’ (John 10:7,14) the way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6) and the Resurrection and the Life(John11:25).
He alone is the sinless one (John 8:46), able to carry away our sins and save us completely (Heb.7:25).
How can a world find prosperity without Jesus? Everyone needs to accept Him by faith in order to make their own lives worthwhile. Prayer: Thank you God for giving us your all sufficient Christ. We accept Him as our Savior, High Priest and King. Forgive our sins, in Jesus name. Amen."
Bethleheam Puram, India email@example.com