Sunday, April 5, 2009

Approaching Easter ~ The Triumphal Entry

Mark chapter 11 V 1 - 10

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, 'Why are you doing this?' tell him, 'The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.' "
They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, 5some people standing there asked, "What are you doing, untying that colt?" They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,

"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"
"Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!"
"Hosanna in the highest!"

Today is Palm Sunday. The day when we look at Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey. It might be thought that a donkey would not befit a king and wouldn't a fine horse be better suited. The fact that a donkey is used shows us that Jesus came in Peace. Donkeys were used in civilian life whereas horses were used more in War situations. The donkey was a young colt and had probably never been rode on before. The Fact that the owner of the donkey allowed Jesus to use it shows the respect he had for Jesus.

Hosanna means "O save us" Once people knew that Jesus was coming they ran to see him. They had heard that he had raised Lazerus from the dead. Belief was fast spreading that Jesus was the Messiah (the saviour) they'd been waiting for. They shouted about his decendancy from David.
What great value they gave to Jesus they spread their clothes on the floor to be trampled underfoot. Clothes in that period of time were a very valuable commodity. They also took palm branches and waved them shouting "Hosanna"

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