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Who Is This?

By Ralph Bouma Bible Text: Preached on: Matthew 21:10 Sunday, April 9, 1995

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And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?1 MAT 21:10 Our text clearly reflects that the city of Jerusalem was in a great stir. Look at Matthew 21:6-9. And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.2 We want to notice, these people were praising and singing hosannas. They were strewing their garments in the way, which was the custom of Israel when they anointed one to be king. When Jehu was anointed king, they laid their garments on the top step and he stepped upon them and there they proclaimed Jehu is king. As Jesus entered Jerusalem they are laying their garments in the way. They are cutting down palm branches. What they are really doing is they are anointing Him to be King. The thing that is amazing is how few in that multitude who were singing hosannas truly owned Him as King in their heart? How many of that same multitude that same week were crying, Crucify him, crucify him? Notice with me in Philippians 2, see how this was a foretaste of His blessed kingdom, a foretaste of His glory. In PHI 2:9 we read how the Father rewarded the Son for His perfect obedience in laying down His life and taking it again.
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Matthew 21:10. Matthew 21:6-9. Page 1 of 18

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow.3 Every knee, that included His greatest enemies, the scribes, the Pharisees, the chief priests, every knee shall bow before that name of Jesus. This was a foretaste of His glory! Not only His own loved people, His enemies were strewing their garments in the way and saying: Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.4 These people were only looking for a temporal earthly kingdom. The city was not only in a stir because of all this enthusiasm of the people, but the jealousy of the scribes and Pharisees was stirred also by His actions. Notice what a worship this was, they were worshiping the Lord Jesus Christ, but it was all emotions? It was an emotional sensation, rather than worshiping Him in Spirit and in Truth. In todays ministries there is so much emotional worship that is not truly worshiping in Spirit and in Truth. Most of these same people later were crying, Crucify him, crucify him? Matthew 21:12-14 says, And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.5 Notice when He entered the city He entered the temple and immediately went to purging it. Jesus charged them, Ye have made it a den of thieves. What He is doing is reproving all of this vain worship that was not to the glory of God. They were buying and selling. People would come and buy doves, oxen and sheep for the purpose of using them for a sacrifice. It was all part of their worship. But Jesus said, My Fathers house is called a house of prayer and ye have made it a den of thieves. Jerusalem was in a state of total confusion. And the blind and the lame came to Jesus in the temple; and He healed them.6 The children were crying hosannas for the wonderful things that Jesus had done, but the chief priests and the scribes were filled with envy. There was such a mixture of emotions in that tumult.
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Philippians 2:9-10. Matthew 21:9. 5 Matthew 21:12-13. 6 Matthew 21:14. Page 2 of 18

Look at Matthew 21:15 through 16: And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased.7 They were moved by jealousy and envy: And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?8 He rebuked them. They were the scribes, the Pharisees and doctors of the law. They were the ones that knew the law of God and Jesus asked them: Have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?9 He was showing them that what was taking place was the very fulfilling of the prophecies of the coming Messiah. Their rage was only intensified when Jesus again put them to silence by revealing their ignorance with His question. They knew that the Lord Jesus never learned letters. He had never learned to read in the schools of men. These scribes and Pharisees were the learned ones. Now think of how they were enraged in their heart when He put them to silence by telling them, Havent you ever read? Dont you even understand what the Word of God says? They had never rightly read the Word of God. They were making commandments of men. They were offended at the very Messiah that God had sent to fulfill His Word. What He pointed out to them was that this was a fulfillment of the prophecies. Jesus asked, Have you never read? They had never rightly read PSA 8:2 which says: Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.10 This was to still the very mouth of those who had come against Him that the Lord had granted that He would ordain this praise out of the mouth of babes and sucklings. He ordained strength because of thine enemies, and He asks them, You never read that. You have never rightly understood that?
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Matthew 21:15. Matthew 21:16. 9 Ibid. 10 Psalm 8:2. Page 3 of 18

Not even Jesus disciples, much less the blind scribes, Pharisees and the chief priests understood how the very envy, hatred and malice of those leaders of the Jews would be Gods instrument to bring about His eternal plan of salvation. Luke 18:31-34 says, Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. And they understood none of these things.11 These were His very own disciples. They never understood any of these things. And this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.12 It is most interesting that scribes and Pharisees who had spent their whole life searching the Word of God so they would be able to identify the Messiah, yet they had not understood what they read. He asked them, Havent you read this? Didnt you recognize that this is being fulfilled before your very eyes? It wasnt for any crimes that Jesus had committed. It wasnt for any sin that He had done that He was hated. We read: And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased.13 It was envy that generated their hatred. They saw the wonderful things He did. They saw the blind and the lame being healed. They saw the prophecies being fulfilled. And they were sore displeased. Notice the question asked with regard to Jesus in our text: And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?14 We must answer that question for each one of us in our own heart. Who is this? His own disciples did not recognize Him. The Scribes and the Pharisees, the leaders of the Jews did not recognize Him, with all of these children-calling hosannas to the Son of David.
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Luke 18:31-34. Luke 18:34. 13 Matthew 21:15. 14 Mathew 21:10. Page 4 of 18

Our answer in the first place is: He was a sorrowing Saviour in the midst of a rejoicing multitude. This multitude was rejoicing, they were singing hosannas, they were laying palm branches in His way, He was riding into Jerusalem sitting on the foal of an ass. As this inconsistent multitude strew the way with their garments and palm branches, our Saviour had a heavy heart as we can see in Lukes counterpart. Luke 19:41-42 we read of the same scenario. There we see Christ coming into Jerusalem on the foal of an ass and it says: And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it.15 The word wept in the original is not just shedding a few tears; it means a wailing, a sorrowing, a crying aloud. He was wailing out loud, weeping over the city: Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.16 Our Savior was coming into the city of Jerusalem with such sorrow in His heart. He was weeping, He was wailing, not out of self pity over the crucifixion of his body, not over the suffering and the pain that He would suffer, but He was sorrowing and wailing over the ignorance of those who were singing these hosannas. Their ignorance of the fact that the city would be overthrown and their children and their women with child would be ripped up in the streets, and how that their blood would flow in the streets. He was wailing over their ignorance. They were ignorant because they had refused to hear. When He came to teach in their synagogues they took Him out to the brow of the hill to cast Him down. They were not willing to hear the Word of God. These are the multitude that are singing and rejoicing. What do we see in the multitudes in our day? They have their Easter bunnies, their Christmas trees and Santa Clauses over which they are rejoicing mingled with what they call worship of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. They are rejoicing in what makes them feel good, but their emotionalism is all self centered. Oh, how our Savior weeps to see all of this empty hollow worship that is not in Spirit and in Truth. For the most part this mixed multitude were of the same mind as the brethren of Jesus. They wanted him to arrive at Jerusalem with great pomp and with great honor, to do some great miracles to have something happen that would make Him be anointed king and that He would come in with power and be some great superstar. He didnt follow their advice. This is what this mixed multitude was doing. They were trying to accomplish the anointing of an earthly king. And yet on Christs part it was a foretaste of His glory because His enemies as well as His loved ones are going to bow the
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Luke 19:41. Luke 19:42. Page 5 of 18

knee at the NAME of Jesus and here He sees how that His enemies also shall be made His footstool. When this multitude found they had deceived themselves about an earthly kingdom, their emotions turned into enmity and before the end of the week most of this same multitude were identified in the crowd, we read of in Luke 23:20-23. Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them. But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.17 And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go. And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.18 Our Saviours triumphal entry into Jerusalem was His advance onto the most glorious deed of all history, the most wonderful thing that ever happened upon the face of this earth is what Jesus came to Jerusalem for. And that was to lay down His life for His people. They did not take His life. The Lord only used them as His instruments to bring about His plan of salvation. The Lord Jesus laid down His life to take it again. This was the most glorious deed of all history. But also we see mans most atrocious deed of all history. Here before us we see the judge say: I find no fault in this man.19 He was found totally innocent before the tribunal of justice. And yet they cried out saying, Crucify him, crucify him. They were instant with loud voices requiring that He might be crucified even though the man whom they had set up to be their judge: . . . said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him.20 Suffering wrongfully, taking it patiently is well accepted with God. 1PE 2:19-21 says: For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because
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Luke 23:20-21. Luke 23:22-23. 19 Luke 23:4. 20 Luke 23:22. Page 6 of 18

Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps. The multitudes hollow praise was all centered in their own vain imagination of an earthly kingdom. But they were ignorant of the gift of the Father. They had no understanding of the love of the Father in giving His Son that He might lay down His life for His people. They had no understanding of the love of the Father they were trampling upon, they were ignorant of His doctrine. My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.21 Then what was that doctrine? Not my will, but thine, be done.22 JOH 7:16-17 teaches the doctrine of the Father which sent Him? We read that in the next verse: If any man will do his will...23 The doctrine of the Lord Jesus Christ is unconditional self-sacrificial surrender to the will of the Father. Not my will, but thine, be done.24 We read this in MAT 26:39-42: And he went a little further, and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.25 They were ignorant of this doctrine of Jesus Christ. Johns counterpart to our subject tells us what it was in the doctrine of Jesus that was an offence to those unto whom Jesus said: If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace!26 If they had known the doctrine of Jesus Christ, the doctrine of regeneration by the Holy Spirit, the doctrine of our will being brought in unconditional surrender to the will of the Father, if they had understood that doctrine, but He says: but now they are hid from thine eyes.27 Because they refused to hear it was hid from their eyes? The doctrine of Jesus as He taught in John 12:23-26 on the same occasion is:

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John 7:16. Luke 22:42. 23 John 7:17. 24 Luke 22:42. 25 Matthew 26:39. 26 Luke 19:42. 27 Ibid. Page 7 of 18

And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.28 Do you see the Lord is telling us that the way to spiritual life is through death? We must die unto self. We must die unto everything of that ugly monster I. Everything of the flesh has to be slain. We have to crucify that old man of sin if we are going to live unto the Lord. Coming into His service is not helping Him into an earthly kingdom, it is to be able to crucify everything of self from the heart, walking in the way of the cross. Jesus said: If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be:29 See the blessed estate of those who serve Christ! and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.30 What the Lord is teaching us is that the way to life is through death to self, that doctrine they did not understand. To answer the question to our text, Who is this? their answer was He was a prophet. The Lord Jesus Christ was a prophet. He was a priest and He was king. They didnt even understand the prophetical office of the Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew 21:11says And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.31 That word prophet means an inspired teacher. He was a Prophet i.e., a teacher, but it was His teachings that were an offence unto those whose eyes were blinded for the things, which belong unto their peace. Our answer to the question in our text, Who is this? John the Baptist said: Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.32 That is who He was. He as that Lamb of God was that perfect sacrifice who comes to be sacrificed on the altar of Gods justice to take away the sin of the world. These blind
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John 12:23-25. Ibid. 30 John 12:26. 31 Mathew 21:11. 32 John 1:29. Page 8 of 18

chief priests did not recognize the very antitype of the daily sacrifice, which they performed. John the Baptist had told them at the first who Jesus was when they asked him, Who is this? He said: Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.33 In this they did not understand the antitype to the very sacrifices they made daily. The law was a schoolmaster to bring them unto Christ. The ceremonial law, all of the covenants of circumcision, the sacrifices and burnt offerings done by the priesthood of Aaron were only a type of the sacrifice of Christ. These sacrifices under the ceremonial law were that which was spoken of in GAL 3:23-25: But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. The scribes, Pharisees and chief priests did not understand the answer to the question found in our text, Who is this? They didnt recognize Him. They did not realize that with all their prestige and their authority, they were the very instruments in the hand of the Lord Jesus Christ to fulfill His Fathers command. That we see in John 10:17: Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.34 Those Roman soldiers, chief priests, scribes and Pharisees were not the ones who took Jesus life. He gave Himself a free will offering as a voluntary act in unconditional obedience to His Father. MAT 26:52-56 says: Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me. But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled. In the third place, our answer to the question in our text, Who is this? we answer, He was the antitype of the very high priest office.
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Ibid. John 10:17. Page 9 of 18

You see why these high priests did not want to recognize Him because it was the abolishing of the whole daily sacrifice. It as the abolishing of the entire Aaron priesthood! It was the abolishing of the entire ceremonial law; it was abolishing their entire anointing as high priests. Look at Hebrews 7:14-18. For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood. And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec.35 Now you see the difference. ...there ariseth another priest,36 after the order of Melchizedek, not after the order of Aaron. ...there ariseth another priest Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment.37 He was not made a priest after the generation of the Levites, of the tribe of Levi. ...of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.38 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment.39 The Lord Jesus was not made a priest after the carnal commandment as Aarons priesthood was made. The Aaron priests did not understand that they were only holding a symbolical office, that it was only a schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ. The priesthood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ so far excels that of Aaron, which was but a type and shadow of the High Priestly office of Christ that we see from Hebrews 7:23-27. And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.40 Now we have a High Priest who is seated at the right hand of the Father and who has entered into the veil once by His own blood, not every year first sacrificing for His own sin. He has entered the veil once and now He maketh intercession for His church.

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Hebrews 7:14-15. Hebrews 7:15. 37 Ibid. 38 Hebrews 7:16-17. 39 Hebrews 7:18. 40 Hebrews 7:23-25. Page 10 of 18

For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the peoples: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.41 When we ask the question, Who is this? He is our Heavenly High Priest who now sits at the right hand of the Father and ever liveth to make intercession for you and I. I want you to see what a consolation, that it is for the Church of Christ that we have such an High Priest. HEB 4:14-16 says, Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are.42 He was able to be touched with the feeling of our infirmities. He threw out the moneychangers and He healed the lame and the blind. He was touched with the feelings of our infirmities because He was in all points tempted even as we are yet without sin. Therefore let us come boldly. You and I have access unto that blessed, Heavenly High Priest. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.43 In our fourth place, our answer to the question in our text, Who is this? We answer He is the King of righteousness, i.e., the King of peace. HEB 7:1-2 says, For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace.44 They were ignorantly praising The King of Peace with their hosannas. They were casting their garments in the way. He was already a King. He was the King of Peace. When that multitude of heavenly hosts was revealed to sing the praises of God at the
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Hebrews 7:26-27. Hebrews 4:14-15. 43 Hebrews 4:16. 44 Hebrews 7:1-2. Page 11 of 18

announcement of Jesus birth, see what they proclaimed, He was proclaimed to be the King of peace in LUK 2:14. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.45 He was the King of peace. He came to make peace between an offended God and a rebellious sinner. He came to make peace, i.e., reconciliation. The word atonement is synonymous with the word reconciliation, it at one-ment, or restored into oneness. In other words, to bring back into one that which was separated. He come to reconcile our God, a holy and a righteous God with a sinner who had sinned in Adam and had sinned in thoughts, words and deeds. He came to make peace. He was the king of peace. Man became separated from God through Adam, and the human mind became carnal i.e., dead in sin and trepasses. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be,46 [That word carnal in the original means unregenerate.] Oh beloved, it is such a wonder of love that the Father sent His only begotten Son to be a Peace Maker. Have you ever tried to fathom the love of the Father? When you and I as rebels and sinners rebelling against Him, turning against Him in that enmity against Him, and that He would send His own Son to make peace, to make a way of reconciliation, that you and I can again have peace with God. Jesus was the King of peace. Look at Colossians 1:20. And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.47 By the blood of His cross to reconcile you and I back unto Him. That is who He was. He was our heavenly Peacemaker. He was the King of peace. To find true peace with God, we must follow our Saviors example of self-sacrifice. I asked a lady one time, Why was Jesus born in a manger? Why was He born in a stable instead of in a mansion? Do you know why? So the poor, the shepherds, the blind, the lame, they could all find their way to come to him. The great men who live in the castles will not humble themselves to come unto Him and that is why they want an ambassador.

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Luke 2:14. Romans 8:7. 47 Colossians 1:20. Page 12 of 18

What you and I need to understand is, if we are going to find peace with God, we must follow Him in His humiliation and condescension in the way of the cross. HEB13:12-16 says, Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, he suffered without the gate.48 He was put out of the gate as unworthy, as a leper. The lepers were not allowed to come within Jerusalem. He was put out of the gate to sanctify the people with His own blood, He suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore...49 See the word Therefore in there. We are to imitate our Forerunner and Saviour, following Him in the valley of humiliation. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.50 The Lord Jesus endured the cross and suffered the shame that we deserved, but you and I are not going to escape the way of the cross. We are going to fellowship in His shame. If you and I are ashamed of Him in this present world He will be ashamed of us before His Father. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.51 What was the main trait that the disciples used to describe Christ in the book of Acts? He went about doing good. Notice how we are to follow, or i.e., imitate Him. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.52 That sacrificing of self, preferring others ahead of ourselves, with such sacrifice God is well pleased. The road to peace is found in the footsteps of our Saviour as we will see from 1 Peter 2:20-25. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did
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Hebrews 13:12. Hebrews 13:13. 50 Ibid. 51 Hebrews 13:13-16. 52 Hebrews 13:16. Page 13 of 18

no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. For even hereunto were ye called.53 [what was that?] Verse 20says, Suffering wrongfully, taking it patiently. This is well pleasing unto God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us.54 He suffered wrongfully ...leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.55 Lets see wherein we follow His steps. Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again.56 That is a hard mantel to carry. When somebody reviles you, slanders you and say all manner of evil against you can you follow His steps? He was reviled, yet He reviled not again. The apostle Paul asks, as we are talking of those who revile us: Is there any love, is there any virtue, is there any spirit, then think on these things. We must not get caught in reviling those who revile us. We must imitate Christ as we suffer His shame. We must allow people to slander us and not come back and revile them again. You might say, Well, then why would those people do it? They are unbelievers. Not necessarily so. Can you imagine the pain our Savior suffered when He beheld His apostle Peter cursing and swearing and saying, I never knew the man? Did the Lord revile him? No. What did He do? He turned and gave him a look of love. And it was that look of love that heaped coals of love upon his head and broke his heart. That is when he went out and wept bitterly. Many times the Lord will allow some of His own people to come against us. You know why? Will we start passing judgment against that person? Will we become judgmental and start heaping coals of wrath upon him?
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1 Peter 2:21. Ibid. 55 ibid. 56 1 Peter 2:22-23. Page 14 of 18

Are we able to follow our Saviour without the camp and to suffer His shame? Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously.57 When somebody is reviling and slandering you, I see no problem in telling them, I will commit judgment unto One who judges righteously. I wont debate it with you. I wont argue with you. I will just surrender it into the hands of One who judges righteously. He knows your heart and He knows my heart. He knows the truth. He knows the facts. I dont have to defend myself. That is what Jesus did; He gave it into the hands of One who judges righteously. Who his own self bare our sins in his own body.58 Can you think of a more incriminating position to find yourself in? Our Savior is not reviling again. It was your sin that nailed Him to the tree and He bore it patiently. He took it without reviling again nor defending Himself. He took it patiently. That crown of thorns was the sins of His people placed upon His head, and He reviled not again. Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness.59 Can you think of a better argument to become dead to sin? ...that we being dead to sin shouldnt should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray.60 Our sins were placed upon His head, He bore them without opening His mouth to defend Himself. He was as a sheep before the Shearers, He went to the slaughter and opened not His mouth. He committed it all unto the hand of One who judges righteously. By nature of the fall in Adam we are all lost, lost in the fields of sin and He as the good Shepherd goes out to gather in His people. He hears their bleating in this waist howling wilderness. He hears them bleating in the storms of this life and He comes to seek and save, laying them upon His shoulder and brings them back into the fold. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop, [or in other words the teacher,] of your souls.61

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1 Peter 2:23. 1 Peter 2:24. 59 Ibid. 60 1 Peter 2:24-25. 61 1 Peter 2:25. Page 15 of 18

Now even while all the Scriptures were being fulfilled before their very eyes, these proud scribes and Pharisees and chief priests did not recognize the lowly King of peace. They never understood that: And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?62 Have we learned a little bit by the eye of faith to understand who that was? Rather than acknowledge Jesus as the promised Messiah, they were offended by the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And he taught daily in the temple.63 The context of Luke 19 is in the exact same case scenario of Him coming into Jerusalem and they were casting the palm branches down before him and the garments in the way. And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him.64 [They sought to destroy him because of the gracious words which He spoke.] And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.65 They sought to destroy him, but they couldnt until His hour was come. For all the people were attentive to hear him.66 Think of the condescension of our blessed God. He not only sent His Son as the King of peace to appease His own wrath upon our sin, but now He says to every one of us, as we see in Isaiah one verse 18. Come now, and let us reason together.67 Can you think of anything more heart rending? The God of heaven against whom we have all sinned that He now condescends to come so low. He says: Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.68 And wherein? Washed in that precious blood of Christ in that perfect atonement that was made for sin, that blessed atonement, that oneness that reconciliation that was brought by that perfect King of peace.
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Matthew 21:10. Luke 19:47. 64 Ibid. 65 Luke 19:48. 66 Ibid. 67 Isaiah 1:18. 68 Ibid. Page 16 of 18

...they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson.69 Have we ever had to stand before the Lord and blush because our sins were as red as crimson in His eyes? Look at the blessed invitation. Come now, and let us reason together.70 Not only has this king of peace come on Calvarys cross to appease our Fathers wrath upon our sin, but now He sends His ambassadors of peace to plead with fallen men. Where shall any man appear who neglects so great a salvation? If we now should neglect so great a salvation, where would we appear in the day of judgment? Look at 2 Corinthians five verse 20. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christs stead.71 [In other words, now Christ is praying you through His servants] ...be ye reconciled to God.72 Reconciliation comes from two sides. If you and I had a quarrel and you would come to me and say, Ok, lets put it all behind us. Lets reconcile, and I would absolutely refuse. No, I dont want to have a thing to do with it. We are still not reconciled. The Lord has come so far as He says: Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.73 He sends His ambassadors to plead with you: Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christs stead, be ye reconciled to God.74 What a salvation. What a gospel. And then to think there are still millions going lost. To think that under the sound of such a gospel there are still hearts that will rebel against the King of Peace. To answer the question, Who is this? We reply, as we read in Song of Solomon 5:10 and 16: My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand.75
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Ibid. Ibid. 71 2 Corinthians 5:20. 72 Ibid. 73 Isaiah 1:18. 74 2 Corinthians 5:20. 75 Song of Solomon 5:10. Page 17 of 18

That is who this is. He is the Chiefest among ten thousand. He is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.76 Amen.

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Song of Solomon 5:16. Page 18 of 18