[On the Triumphal Entry - Matthew 21]
This is the first part of the establishment of the feast of Passover. When Jesus enters Jerusalem, Passover is 4-5 days away. And these verses tell Israel to choose a lamb for the Passover 4 days before it. When Jesus entered Jerusalem triumphantly, one thing all Israel had on their minds was that they had to pick out their lamb for sacrifice. Jesus' entrance at this time is not just a king coming to His city. He is not just a prophet condemning sin and injustice. He is also a priest offering an unblemished lamb to Israel – take me for your sacrifice. Each Communion celebration we give thanks to God for giving us an unblemished sacrifice.