Matthew 21:1-11 – “The Triumphal Entry”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, April 3rd.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.


  • Over the next couple of Sunday’s and Wednesday’s we are going to look at the major events of the days leading up to the crucifixtion.
  • The only public demonstration Christ allowed.
  • Mentioned in all the Gospels
  • Jesus entering Jerusalem the Sunday before His crucifixion
  • Is fulfillment of OT prophecy
  • Jesus is the righteous redeeming, King!

The significance of this setting on this day.

The Reception

Pilgrims from outside Judea

Locals from the area

  • Would have been part of the crowd when Lazarus was raised from the dead.

Religious leaders

  • Never understand who He is, where He is from, why He came.

Spreading Cloaks and Palm branches

  • joy/celebration
  • treatment of royalty/King

He is king.  At his birth.  HE IS KING.  THE WISE MEN.  HE IS KING.  His last public entrance into the city.  HE IS KING

The Fulfillment

Gen 49:9-11 – Jacobs prophecy for his descendants on the last days.  The scepter/ruler will not depart from Judah.  Vine – Israel.  Choice vine – Christ.

Dan 9:24-27 – Israel’s captivity in Babylon.  The time form then to the time of their transgressions should be finished and everlasting righteousness brought in.

Zech. 9:9 – The donkey.  Young.  Never ridden.  In the sacrificial law it must be an animal that has never been worked.

Exodus 12 – The redemption of Israel from slavery… by the blood a a lamb. The TRUE LAMB OF GOD would be sacrificed during the time of the Passover.

The Significance

ROCKS will CRY OUT (Luke) – The Ushering in of the King

Peace and Victory

  • Welcome Him with palm branches as garments as a symbol of peace and victory. Rev. 7:9.
  • They were hoping that Jesus would bring peace, yet Jesus knew of all the struggles that lay ahead.
    • Angels at His birth – “Peace on Earth” Luke 2:12-14
  • Crowd proclaimed – “Peace in Heaven” Luke 19:38


  • Hosanna – “Save”

Reign and rule

The Now (coming into Jerusalem) and the Not Yet (His Second Coming) – Revelation 19:11–16

  • He will come in glory
  • The armies of heaven will accompany Him
  • As great ruler and judge
  • Scene of true victory as He establishes His Kingdom


Think about that day…

  • It DID fulfill Scripture
  • It DID usher in the Kingdom of Christ
  • v.11 – WHO IS THIS?
  • They honored Him as king… YET, the reaction was not true.  They honored him with their lips, but not their heart. Matthew 15:8-9

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