10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” Matthew 21:10-11
It was the beginning of Passover Week and there were plenty of people in Jerusalem for it.
Then a strange entourage enters the city and it got the people curious, “Who is this? What’s going on?”
They identified Jesus by his name, title, and dwelling location.
Recall in John 1:21, the people asked John if he was the prophet, the coming Messiah. This is one of the references to Jesus being the one who was foretold.
Was this the first time the people in Jerusalem had heard about Jesus? We have the good fortune of being able to send photographs and videos of someone instantaneously. They had no idea what He looked like even if they had heard of Him.
Based on what follows, though, He would leave a lasting impression on them.
That’s actually a fitting metaphor for what Jesus does in people’s lives. He leaves a lasting impression.
People love Him; they hate Him, but they usually don’t ignore Him.
And as His ambassadors, how are we doing?