Messiah Not Known

Entry into JerusalemIllustration:  “Entry in Jerusalem.”  12th century mosaic in the Basilica Di San Marco, Venice, Italy.

And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, ‘Who is this?'” (Matthew 21:10).

Jesus had been publicly ministering for three years by the time He made this triumphal entry into Jerusalem. He had called, taught, and empowered His disciples; He had performed miracles; He had preached to the multitudes; He had been recognized by some and scorned as a heretic by others.

Then, as the prophet Zechariah foretold (see Dec. 16), the shepherd King entered Jerusalem, gentle and riding on a donkey. Crowds of people welcomed Him enthusiastically, covering the road with palm branches and cloaks, proclaiming Him to be the Son of David (one of the key prophecies about the Messiah they await). But when some asked who He was, the crowd did not call Him Messiah. They said He was “Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” True, He is a prophet, but He is so much more! There are many prophets, but only one Messiah.

Today, people of many faiths acknowledge that Jesus was a prophet but do not recognize that He is the Savior. God promised a king, a deliverer, and a Savior. He is Jesus.

Prayer: Jesus, reveal Yourself clearly to those who do not see that You are Messiah. Amen.

As We Wait: Pray for missionaries who share the Gospel with people who know Jesus only as a prophet. Call Lutherans in Jewish Evangelism  at (314) 645-4456, or go online to http://www.lcms.org (Tab “What We Do” to “Missions and Outreach” to get the name of one in particular.

http://www.BurningBushLCMS.org http://www.ChaivShalom.com

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