Bible Reading: Mark 11.1-11
Now as they approached Jerusalem, near Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go to the village ahead of you.As soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there that has never been ridden.Untie it and bring it here. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs itand will send it back here soon.’” So they went and found a colt tied at a door, outside in the street, and untied it. Some people standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They replied as Jesus had told them, and the bystanderslet them go. Thenthey brought the colt to Jesus, threw their cloakson it, and he sat on it.Many spread their cloaks on the road and others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Both those who went ahead and those who followed kept shouting, “Hosanna!Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!” Then Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. And after looking around at everything, he went out to Bethany with the twelve since it was already late. Mark 11.1-11
We venture to Mark’s gospel to a section that is monumental in meaning and filled with great drama. Jesus is entering Jerusalem in what is called the Triumphal Entry. Not only does Jesus enter Jerusalem, but while in Jerusalem He enters the temple. Both entries have such meaning and messages surrounding them. We will look at His Jerusalem entry today and the temple entry tomorrow.
What I love about this section of Scripture is that it shows us that every movement of Jesus matters and is full of meaning. Jesus came into Jerusalem on a donkey, just as Zechariah 9.9 said He would. He comes riding on a donkey just like other rulers had in times of peace and so no doubt this is a deliberate move by Jesus who had walked always by foot yet here decides to ride a colt. The fact, that Jesus rides on a colt that is unbroken and never sat on is another move to show how Jesus rules nature and calms a colt. He humbly comes into the city, just has He humbly came into this world at His incarnation. As the Son of God He came and took on flesh; just as He will humbly go to His death on the cross dying for our sins so that we can be forgiven and can be made right with God; He will be raised from the grave on the third day conquering death, so that if we would believe in Him for salvation we would have eternal life and then later Jesus ascends to be highly exalted as Lord of all, sitting at the right of God. All the movements of Jesus matter. They are full of meaning and this entry into Jerusalem is no doubt a picture of what is to come, that the kingdom of God is here because Jesus is here, but it is not yet and so, this is a foretaste of the kingdom to come, that Jesus will usher in, in all its fullness when He returns. When He comes again Revelation 19 tells us that He will not be on a donkey, but a white horse coming to judge the wicked and to vindicate the righteous.
Jesus wants your heart to be stirred. He wants you to cry out to Him, "Hosanna", meaning "save us now". He wants us to truly see Him for who He is and not be only filled with emotion like many in the crowd were stirred up with this day, but to truly be stirred with worship for who Jesus really is. So, may we see Him as the King of Kings and may He be King, Savior and Lord of our hearts.
Memory Verse: Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." John 14.6