And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.” (Matthew 21:11 ESV)
Finally the time had come for Jesus to enter Jerusalem. It was to be the beginning of the end of his public ministry. The disciples acquired a donkey for him to ride. As he entered people worshipped him. They spread out their cloaks before him and trimmed branches to wave and lay on the ground. They received him into their city with fanfare and excitement.
Even today some people have the wrong idea about Jesus. They look at him as a mere prophet. He was certainly a prophet, but he was so much more.
The foundational truth of orthodox (historically traditional) Christianity is that Jesus was God made flesh. He died for our sins. He was raised back to life after three days. And his death and resurrection was a sacrifice meant to atone for our evil actions.
It takes more than a prophet to forgive sins. It takes more than a prophet to be a perfect sacrifice. It takes more than a prophet to sovereignly rule and reign across the span of eternity. It takes Jesus, the only begotten Son of God.