Who is This Man?
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” (Matthew 21:10, 11)
It was the question of the day. If you had been in Jerusalem that day, you would have asked the same.
Picture the scene. Jesus enters the city riding on a donkey; the crowd is shouting “Hosanna!” and lining his path with palm branches in an act of worship.
This was a singular event, extraordinary, and altogether marvelous. Excitement and hope filled the air, and riding the currents of those emotions was the question, “Who is this man?” No one they had ever encountered had received such praise, so why Jesus? He was the man from Nazareth, but who was He really? That’s what the crowd wanted to know.
It’s not like the question hadn’t already been answered. At Jesus’ baptism and at the transfiguration, God made His identity clear, “This is My Son, in Whom I am well pleased.” Jesus is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He is the Son of the living God, the Messiah.
Understanding Jesus’ identity is not a trivial matter. Entry into God’s kingdom rests on the shoulders of Jesus. Those who accept Him for Who He is will experience eternal life. The stakes are high. Who do you say that He is?
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