Summary: Jesus' entry into Jerusalem brings two things to light: 1) The crowds expected Him to act immediately on their behalf, and, 2) His actions will always be for and to honor His Father, first!

Jesus Enters Jerusalem

Mark 11:1-17

- Jesus is demonstrated in this book as a “servant”

- Jesus’ teachings, while difficult for some to deal with, are always timely

-- God always allows us to hear from Him at just the right time

- Read Mark 11:1-11

∆ Point 1 – A Direct Request (1-8)

- The good news is the Gospel; that salvation has come to mankind

-- It is the fulfillment of 4,000 years of prophecy from the Old Testament

-- It is the revelation of a Savior given to man, by God’s grace and mercy

-- Most consider this “passion week” or commonly, the week before Easter

- Jesus’ journey through Bethany was probably b/c it was important to Him

-- This city was on the way to Jerusalem and reveals for us His omniscience

-- Omniscience means all knowing, and Jesus is certainly all-knowing

- In v2 He begins to prepare His arrival into Jerusalem by asking for a colt

-- There is suggestion by some that perhaps He had been there before

-- Perhaps He had been through here and arranged this colt; although doubtful

-- The reason I see doubt is in the response He asks them to use

- In v3 it says to tell them “the Lord needs it”

-- He uses the word “kyrios” in Greek which simply means “master”

-- This is the first time He ever references Himself in this way in Mark

-- Note: Previously it has been as the Son of Man, so this is a change in tone

- It is almost sharper in intention; and very direct in how he responds

-- “This is for the Lord, and it is needed” - It implies trust in the request to ask

-- IMP: The messianic revelation of who Jesus is begins to take shape

- APP: Important to note is the immediate response by the disciples to this

-- They go (v4), they find the colt, and they untie it and bring it to Jesus

-- And when they are questioned (v5-6) the words Jesus gave them work 100%

-- The owners of the colt turn him over, no problem, and the disciples return

- Cloaks in this time were used to attempt to soften the hardness of the animal

-- Saddles would’ve been for the rich, and so cloaks could help with comfort (v7)

-- The cloaks on the ground is an act of chivalry, an expression of love/devotion

-- APP: They are willing to give up their outer garments for His comfort (v8)

- TRANS: The crowd seems devoted to Jesus here, don’t they?

∆ Point 2 – Triumphant Entry (9-12)

- What begins to take shape now is for all purposes … a parade for Jesus (v9)

-- It is a triumphant entry into the city of God; the city at the center of His heart

-- Prophecy: Zechariah 9:9, “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

- Hosanna literally means, “Save now”; it’s a desire expressed by all who see Him

-- Same word in Psalm 118:25, “LORD, save us! LORD, grant us success!”

-- This title claims His ability to deliver us from our sins; to be the Messiah

- As the people proclaim, He ushers in the coming of the Kingdom of David

-- Matthew 1 shows the lineage of Jesus; and here the crowd confirms it

-- But even for their desire to see Jesus come; they missed the “when”

- Their expectation was that He would set up a ruling kingdom now

-- APP: He would remove Rome and their tyrannical leadership today

-- They were ready to see that happen … but for the wrong reason(s)!

- IMP: They worshipped Him because of what He could do for them

-- They never said what they were willing to give up for Him

-- They merely expected things from Him and therefore He’s to be praised

-- Challenge: Do we come to Jesus like this?

-- It’s worth asking the following: Is Jesus your hobby or your Savior?

- As Jesus enters the city it has a very quiet mood at this time

-- Matthew records that the city was quite alive here and vibrant

-- But true to Mark’s record of this, He sees it after the entry of events

-- We know there was a great fanfare upon His entry, that’s obvious

- What’s happened is the fanfare has settled down; and Jesus takes stock

-- He takes a look at the town, and then goes to Bethany for the evening to relax

-- This is probably to the home of Mary and Martha and Lazarus who live there

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