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. And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.
When Jesus entered into Jerusalem, commonly called His triumphal entry, Mathew says the whole city was “moved”. The word he used translated moved is the word used for earthquake, the whole city was literally shaken. Everyone is effected one way or another when Jesus comes to town. Matthew Henry makes some interesting comments about the different ways people are moved in his observations on this verse.
“We have here his entertainment in Jerusalem; When he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved; every one took notice of him, some were moved with wonder at the novelty of the thing, others with laughter at the meanness (insignificance) of it; some perhaps were moved with joy, who waited for the Consolation of Israel; others, of the Pharisaical class, were moved with envy and indignation. So various are the motions in the minds of men upon the approach of Christ’s kingdom!”
Today Jesus is still coming into various towns, today He comes in the person of the Holy Spirit. Just as it was in the days of His entry into Jerusalem, today His visitation brings various kinds of responses. Some think He is irrelevant, others think His coming is comical just for the”needy” and uneducated, others see Him as a threat to their way of life. Still others see His visitation as the hope of their life, the fulfillment of all their dreams. His visitation “moves” them in the deepest part of their being, they have discovered the love of God in the person of Jesus Christ.
Has He moved you lately? Does your heart leap for joy at the mention of His Name, or are you clinging to the remnants of your shattered life, trying to hold onto what remains? Today, Jesus is visiting our world again and the whole world is being moved. The question remains, how has he moved you?