9 January 2019

Matthew 21
Psalm 147

Matthew 21. Isn’t it wonderful how Matthew proclaims Jesus as the Saviour-King who fulfils all the Old Testament prophecies and promises of God concerning the Coming Messiah (King)?

‘Say to Daughter Zion, “See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”‘ (verse 5 from Isaiah 62:11)

Jesus is our great and humble King! Have you been expecting Him?

‘“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”’ (verse 9 from Psalm 118:25-26)

The Saviour King has come! Jesus is the promised descendent of king David whose kingdom will never end (2 Samuel 7:13-14). The One who comes ‘…in the name of the Lord’, is sent by God to deliver us from Satan’s rule. Put all your hope in Jesus.

Matthew wants us to be sure about Jesus and to put our faith in Him. It’s a great encouragement to our faith that Jesus fulfils the prophecies of scripture made by the Holy Spirit through the prophets. “If a person were to take just eight of the specific Old Testament prophecies about Jesus being fulfilled in any one person the odds would be 1 in 1017. That is a staggering number” [Peter Stoner, Pasadena College]. And Jesus actually fulfils a lot more than 8 prophecies!

‘Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:
The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;
the Lord has done this, and it is marvellous in our eyes?’” (verse 42)

For Jesus to be ‘rejected’ and crucified was always God’s plan, and now He is the ‘cornerstone’ of our salvation. Isn’t Jesus absolutely ‘marvellous’!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me to believe what the scriptures say about Jesus and to put my faith in Him. You are truly in control of the destiny of the world and our salvation.