When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?”
Who is this? It seems inconceivable that after years of ministry there were people in Jerusalem who were unacquainted with Jesus, but this was the week before Passover. The city was full of pilgrims who had come from distant lands and who had never seen Jesus before.
“For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.
(a) John the Baptist came to prepare the way of the Lord (Matt. 3:1-3). He told people to believe in Jesus (Acts 19:4).
(b) The way of righteousness is synonymous with the gospel of grace for both reveal the righteousness that comes from God (see entry for Php. 3:9). This righteousness is received by believing in Jesus (Rom. 3:22). John encouraged people to believe in Jesus the Righteous One.
(c) You did not believe him. The chief priests and the elders were so invested in their own righteousness that they did not submit to the righteousness that comes from God through Jesus Christ.
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