Prov 28-29; Matt 21; Psalm 87-88
In this chapter of Matthew – we have a significant reminder, of the prior work of John the Baptist. Preparing the hearts of people that they might receive life.
Those who knew themselves to be sinners, repented and thus the way was clear for them with great rejoicing to receive the Lord who comes to his temple.
Then there are those, starkly represented by the Pharisees, who like the rich young man rest on their own righteousness (or for a modern twist, their own spirituality, indeed their own ‘relationship with Jesus’) and do not repent by living in the simple generosity which reveals our nature as children of God.
They do not have the joy of ‘the children crying out in the temple, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David’.