M A T T H E W.
The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are the
two main hinges upon which the door of salvation turns. He came
into the world on purpose to give his life a ransom; so he had
lately said, ch. xx.
28. And therefore the history of his sufferings, even
unto death, and his rising again, is more particularly recorded by
all the evangelists than any other part of his story; and to that
this evangelist now hastens apace. For at this chapter begins that
which is called the passion-week. He had said to his disciples more
than once, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and there the Son of man
must be betrayed. A great deal of good work he did by the way, and
now at length he is come up to Jerusalem; and here we have, I. The
public entry which he made into Jerusalem, upon the first day of
the passion-week, ver.
1-11. II. The authority he exercised there, in cleansing
the temple, and driving out of it the buyers and sellers, ver. 12-16. III. The barren
fig-tree, and his discourse with his disciples thereupon, ver. 17-22. IV. His justifying his
own authority, by appealing to the baptism of John, ver. 23-27. V. His shaming the
infidelity and obstinacy of the chief priests and elders, with the
repentance of the publicans, illustrated by the parable of the two
sons, ver. 29-32. VI.
His reading the doom of the Jewish church for its unfruitfulness,
in the parable of the vineyard let out to unthankful husbandmen,