The Triumphal Entry: Mark 11:7-11
“7) They *brought the colt to Jesus and put their coats on it; and He sat on it. 8) And many spread their coats in the road, and others spread leafy branches which they had cut from the fields. 9) Those who went in front and those who followed were shouting: “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; 10) Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David; Hosanna in the highest!” 11) Jesus entered Jerusalem and came into the temple; and after looking around at everything, He left for Bethany with the twelve, since it was already late.” Mark‬ ‭11‬:‭7‬-‭11‬
This is called the “Triumphal Entry.” Jesus entered Jerusalem just like a king. His arrival in Jerusalem on a colt was like that of the coronation of King Solomon riding on King David’s mule. (1 Kings 1:33 & 44)
The celebration that accompanied Jesus also resembled the inauguration of King Solomon preparing to sit on the throne of King David. (See 1 Kings 1:28-53) The comparisons are many.
Matthew 21:5 and John 12:15 records the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9 related to the significance of His entry into Jerusalem seated on a colt. He was the long expected Messiah King.
People spread palm branches on the road and placed their garments down as is fitting for a King. Then they cried out “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David; Hosanna in the highest!”
The Triumphal Entry was recorded by each of the gospel writers. A comparison study should be made of each gospel related to the Triumphal Entry. It is like coloring in a black and white picture.
As His followers cried out in celebration, the Pharisees tried to prevent them. The response of Jesus as recorded in Luke 19:39-40 is classic; ““Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!” Rocks are smarter than people blinded by a spirit of religion.
Luke 19:41 adds the detail that Jesus wept as He approached the city. What He saw broke His heart. The city was blinded by religion. Even the temple grounds had become a thriving center of commerce and not a place to seek God. His first day in Jerusalem was merely to take inventory. On this occasion He was mostly silent.
Though I do not like to spiritualize every biblical story, this has overtones of how King Jesus rides into the life of every new believer. He weeps, takes inventory and then rolls up His sleeves and starts cleaning the temple. He is both aggressive and thorough with the process.
It is at this point that people either accept the cleansing work of the Holy Spirit or reject Him. Jesus wants to rule as Master, Lord and King in our lives. Unfortunately, many set out to muzzle, resist and silence the Holy Spirit. But for those who humble themselves and worship, the results are transformational and amazing!
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global
‭‭ Sent from my iPhone