The King’s Arrival

Posted: May 13, 2014 in Mark

Mark 11:1-11, “The King’s Arrival”

When does the arrival of a king not look like a kingly arrival?  When it’s for a king who comes with a different agenda than the people who proclaim him – when it’s for King Jesus.  On the one hand, the events of that day were amazing and glorious – while on the other hand, it was a bit of a let-down.  After all, the day had seen the incredible procession of a man that the crowds proclaimed to be the heir to the throne of David.  But it ended with this same man leaving the city of David with the Roman occupiers still in charge.  Nothing had changed…or had it?

The King of the Jews was presented, and the King was praised…all according to the plan of God.  Jesus came in on His own terms, and He left on His own terms as well.  What Jesus had in mind was far different than what the crowds expected, and what they could have even imagined.  He was indeed the King of Israel, worthy of adoration – but He was also the Suffering Servant, come to lay down His life for many.  He would indeed one day rule over Israel, but He would first cleanse and purify her.  That could only take place through the cross and the resurrection. 

Everything of the last several weeks had led to this point.  It had all begun far to the north in the vicinity of Caesarea Philippi when Peter (on behalf of all the disciples) confessed Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the Living God.  They had seen enough of His works, and heard enough of His teaching to be convinced that Jesus was truly their Messiah, no matter what anyone else may have said.  It had been a slow process, but they had finally come to faith (even though they would still have their bumps along the way).  In Mark’s typical rapid-fire fashion, from that point there was a flurry of activity as Jesus and the disciples proceeded south.  There had been the Transfiguration, during which Jesus was revealed in all of His glory to three of the twelve disciples, as the rest of the disciples dealt with issues of faith among the people (including a demon-possessed boy and his father).  There had been division caused by the disciples, and starting among the disciples, to which Jesus needed to repeatedly teach them the importance of humility.  Followers of Jesus weren’t to seek their own; they were to leave everything behind, pick up their cross and follow Jesus.  It was the last that were going to be first in the kingdom, and the first were going to be last.  This was illustrated most of all in Jesus Himself, as He constantly reminded the disciples that they were going to Jerusalem for a very specific purpose: the Son of Man would be betrayed into the hands of the Jews, rejected by the Jews, turned over to the Gentiles, be beaten, humiliated, sentenced to death, and crucified, and then would rise again on the third day.  The Person the disciples knew to be first of all (the King – the Messiah) would willingly make Himself last of all as a servant, and after suffering immensely, He would have glory unspeakable when He rose from the grave.

Although the disciples had a difficult time grasping all of this, it was Jesus’ passion (the description of His suffering) that was always in the background.  During His whole trip south, He had been preparing His disciples for the fact that He would go in as the King, but He would be rejected as the King.  And as they got closer, people were indeed expecting the King.  They had just been in Jericho as blind Bartimaeus cried out for royal mercy from the Son of David, and the King had the power and authority to heal Bartimaeus on the spot.  By this point, people were expecting something truly great!  And something great WAS happening, even if it didn’t match the expectations of the people.  The King had arrived, and He arrived with the agenda of God.

Mark 11:1–11
1 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples;

  1. The King’s presentation begins with His approach. Coming from Galilee through the region of Perea, Jesus and the disciples had apparently followed the Jordan River south, and cut over through the city of Jericho (where He had encountered Bartimaeus). From there, He rounded the base of Mt. Olivet, and came to Bethany. [MAP] Approximately 2 miles out from Jerusalem, this was the town of some of Jesus’ closest friends: Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Unmentioned in any of the Synoptics, Lazarus had died, been buried for 4 days, and then risen from the dead by the command of Jesus. In the time following, Lazarus had gained a bit of fame on his own, as people were amazed at the sight of the one who had widely been known as dead and now alive. In fact, Lazarus’ own life was in danger from the Pharisees, as they viewed him as too great of proof of Jesus, and many people had come to faith in Jesus as a direct result of Lazarus’ witness. (Jn 12:9-11) Apparently, when Jesus arrived in Bethany, He and the disciples stayed at the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, and that was the time that Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with costly oil (much to the chagrin of Judas Iscariot – Jn 12:1-8).
  2. Bethphage was nearby…the last village remaining between Bethany and Jerusalem. The name of the town means "House of unripe figs," and is unknown in the Bible outside of this particular mention in the Synoptic gospels. It was a non-descript town, unremarkable in every respect – outside of the fact that it was specifically chosen by the King of kings for His glorious purpose.  The King appears in the most unlikely places and unlikely ways.
    1. Isn’t that the way it was so often in the ministry of Jesus?  He was born to a family in the royal lineage of David, but the royal wealth and honors were long-since passed.  They were poor (even by standards of the day), and Joseph and Mary didn’t even have a proper place to bear the Child.  His birth was announced by the angels not to kings, but to shepherds, and they found Him in a feeding trough.  God picked the least likely to do the most amazing things.
    2. Isn’t that the way Jesus so often works with us?  He picks the least likely, and still does amazing things.  The original disciples are the perfect examples.  They weren’t theologians; they ranged from “normal” joes such as fisherman, to polar opposites such as the zealot vs. the tax collector (one who hated Rome; the other who was employed by Rome).  These are the least likely men in the world, but Jesus called them & used them to turn the world upside-down.  He does the same thing with us today.  We were the least likely – the most sinful, dirty & defiled.  Some of us had “normal” backgrounds – some of us had anything BUT normal – none of us were worthy to be chosen by God.  And yet He chose us anyway.  THAT is God’s agenda, and it’s one of grace!
  3. If the town is unremarkable, the mountain is not.  The Mount of Olives holds a very significant role in Messianic prophecy as this is the location that God Himself will set foot upon on the Day of Judgment (Zech 14:4).  On that day, the Lord will appear in all His glory, and the mountain will be split in two.  Every eye will see Him, and they will mourn.  That said, Jesus and the disciples will proceed to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, but it’s not likely that too many people had Judgment Day in mind on the day of Jesus’ arrival.  They were praising their King, but the majority of them had no idea that they Man they physically accompanied that day as He rode in humility will one day return to that same spot in all the power and glory of God.

2 and He said to them, “Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it. 3 And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it,’ and immediately he will send it here.”

  1. The instruction of the King. There are four basic elements, all somewhat mundane, yet very specific. There’s nothing about any of Jesus’ instructions that sound supernatural in the slightest. We would think the presentation of the Messiah to Jerusalem would have some sort of miraculous sign that accompanied it, perhaps along the line of a burning bush with Moses, or Aaron’s rod that budded. Yet the Messiah simply asks for a donkey. That said, as generic as this all seems to be, it is still incredibly specific:
  2. Instruction #1: They are to "go into the village opposite" them. Interestingly, we’re not told which two disciples were sent, but two of the twelve were to go into the next town. Which town? Bethphage…graciously chosen by the Son of God.  The only reason we know of it is because Jesus needed it, and that is enough.
  3. Instruction #2: They were to "find a colt tied, on which no one has sat." Jesus gets incredibly specific at this point. Matthew and Luke tell us this was a donkey, not a horse, and that the baby donkey was so young that it was still at the side of its mother. It was tied, not free-roaming. It was unbroken, in that no one had ever ridden it before. How the two disciples would know this is impossible to say, other than Jesus alone knew it even while the disciples would have to assume it from the donkey’s young age. Bethphage was not a large town by any stretch of the imagination, but even so, it would have been a monumental task to try to find this one donkey. After all, the population of Jerusalem swelled many times over during the times of the national feasts (especially Passover), and no doubt many people stayed in the surrounding villages as much as they did in the city itself. To wander into the village and look for this one donkey colt was not quite like looking for a needle in a haystack, but it wasn’t exactly easy, either.
  4. Instruction #3: They were to "loose it and bring it." Rather brazen, isn’t it? The two disciples were to walk into a village not their own, find a baby colt tied up, and then untie it and bring it to Jesus. Question: was Jesus telling them to steal the donkey? That would be rather unusual. After all, the 8th commandment prohibits theft – surely the Son of Man would not tell His disciples to engage in grand theft donkey! Jesus had no intent to steal the colt; He only needed to borrow it for a time. This becomes more apparent in the 4th aspect…
  5. Instruction #4: They were given a response to any objection: "The Lord has need of it,’ and immediately he will send it here." Although the NKJV is a bit unclear here, other translations bring out the idea that Jesus had said that He would send back the colt as soon as He was done with it. Technically, the Greek could be translated either way, but it is highly unlikely Jesus would have simply taken the colt without any sort of compensation. Jesus is the Lord with the absolute right to command, but He is by no means a despot or a thief. That said, the words given by Jesus to the disciples to give to the owners certainly would have been sufficient for them to give up the colt. After all, for one who has already given his/her life to the Lord Jesus, what more would a colt be? (All our lives belong to our Lord – including all our possessions. If the Lord has need of something, it is an honor to give it back over to Him for His use.)
    1. Question: did the Lord Jesus really “need” the donkey colt/foal?  Not really.  He’s God.  He could have had a donkey walk over to Him at any time.  He could have created a donkey out of thin air, if He wanted.  The only “need” Jesus had was one He could have easily provided for Himself, if He so desired.  What Jesus wanted more was to include other people in His work.  He gave His disciples (and the owners of the donkey) an opportunity to participate in the work of God.  He surely could have done it more quickly & efficiently without them, but the Son of God wanted to use them.  He wanted them to be used by God, for God’s glory.  … He gives us the same opportunity, every time we have an opportunity to serve Him.

4 So they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door outside on the street, and they loosed it. 5 But some of those who stood there said to them, “What are you doing, loosing the colt?” 6 And they spoke to them just as Jesus had commanded. So they let them go.

  1. The disciples went, and they found the events exactly as Jesus had told them.  Entering into Bethphage, they were able to identify the young donkey without difficulty, and untie it.  Just as expected, the owners questioned the disciples (only naturally), and Jesus’ answer was sufficient to convince the owners to let the donkey be borrowed.  No further questions were made, and no further answers were required.
  2. How might things go for us if we simply followed the simple words of Jesus? J  Our problem so often is that we over-complicate things.  Instead of doing God’s work God’s way, we want to try to do our work our way…all the while trying to squeeze God in somehow.  That’s backwards.  God is God; we’re not.  Surely He knows what’s best.  If we can’t trust the Almighty All-knowing God to know the best way to go about doing things, then we’ve got a problem.

7 Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it.

  1. All of this begs the question: why?  Considering Jesus was only a couple of miles out from Jerusalem, why did He want to ride on a donkey?  He had already walked all of this way (as did His disciples), and even walking at a slow pace all of them could have arrived in Jerusalem by the time that the two disciples had made it back with the donkey.  Why take the effort to acquire the donkey?  Answer: this had nothing to do with transportation.  Jesus had a very specific plan in motion, and He took care to fulfill it exactly.
  2. Reason #1: this was a purposeful fulfillment of prophecy.  Although Mark does not bring it out (as do Matthew and John), this fulfills Zechariah 9:9.  Zechariah 9:9–10, "(9) Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey. (10) I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the horse from Jerusalem; The battle bow shall be cut off. He shall speak peace to the nations; His dominion shall be ‘from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth." []  Original context: God speaks of a time during which the cities of Syria and other enemies of Israel will be cast down in judgment.  What is likely previewed in the conquest of Alexander the Great finds it’s fulfillment in the Millennial Kingdom as God prophesies a time that He Himself will camp around His people, allowing no oppressor to ever again come through them (Zech 9:8).  That is when Jerusalem is told to rejoice: their King has arrived!  Encamped around them, and proceeding through them is the presence of God their protector, dwelling among His people, and ruling over the nations.  What God proclaims through Zechariah is a grand sweep of history: the 1st and 2nd comings of Messiah in one vision.  The Messiah was to come first in humility (lowly & on a donkey), but there would come a time that He would also come in power, and His reign would extend to the ends of the earth.
    1. Objection: “How on earth does Jesus’ riding a donkey fulfill this prophecy?  It seems so different than the original context!”  Actually, it’s not – it is fulfilled to the letter.  The Messiah does come to Jerusalem, with the acclamation of people & their shouts.  He comes in humility, on the foal of a donkey.  He comes in absolute righteousness, never having sinned, and offering the salvation of God to everyone who believes.  So to that end, every bit of the 1st half of the prophecy is totally fulfilled.  That said, there’s no doubt we would have difficulty applying Zechariah 9:9 to Jesus, unless the Scripture told us it applied to Him (Mt 21:5, Jn 12:15).  This is sometimes the case with Messianic prophecy.  It is always fulfilled to the letter, though we might have had trouble seeing how it applied to the future Messiah if we were the ones who originally read it.  How we know it applies is by the word of God.  When the Bible shows us it applies, then it applies.  Scripture is always the best interpreter of Scripture.  Whereas we don’t have the right to randomly take a Bible verse from one context and try to force it to apply to some other context, when the Bible itself says a Scripture is fulfilled, we can trust that it is fulfilled.  After all, it’s God’s word.  He knows when He’s fulfilled something or not. J
    2. Although there are many prophecies regarding Jesus’ life over which He would have appeared to have no control (circumstances of His birth, and of His death while He hung upon the cross), there were other aspects such as this in which Jesus took the necessary steps to fulfill the word of God.  No one forced Jesus to seek out a young donkey and ride it…no one would have even have thought of the need to do so.  Yet Jesus knew what the Scripture expected of the Messiah, and He was obedient to every last prophecy.  He ensured that His word would be fulfilled.
      1. God is always faithful to His word!
  3. Reason #2: this is a fulfillment of type.  Riding into Jerusalem with a crowd surrounding Him shouting His praises might appear to be no big deal to us, though perhaps a bit unusual.  But to the Jews, this was their equivalent of the Presidential Inauguration day, when the President-elect arrives with great fanfare to the capitol building, ready to be sworn in.  Kings of the past had ridden mules or donkeys as they were proclaimed by the people to be king – most notably, Solomon (1 Kings 1:38-39).  As the original son of David was presented to the nation as king (in opposition to the usurper), so was the ultimate Son of David presented to the Jewish people as their king, even though there was a usurper in Jerusalem (the Romans).  The Jews had a legitimate king, and it wasn’t Caesar!

8 And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

  1. By this point, it’s not only the 12 disciples involved – it’s the entire multitude following Jesus.  There’s no doubt they understood the symbolism Jesus intended.  Many had already been looking at Him as the potential Messiah – now they’re ready to proclaim it publicly, as they give honor to the King.  In their own act of humility, they put their own garments on the road on which Jesus’ donkey could walk.  Think of it like an ancient red-carpet welcome.  Others without a cloak to spread out on the road, put down leafy branches from the trees that were there.  Various words are used by the different gospel writers regarding the type of branch, but none of them were like pine trees or oak trees, when a branch in the road would be a wooden obstacle to get around.  These were subtropical trees with large palm leaves, which again would serve as a bit of a carpet to walk across.
  2. The fact that the people laid down branches from palm trees actually serves to highlight their expectations.  When they looked at this potential Messiah riding a donkey, they did not see a humble servant; they jumped straight past the service of the Messiah to the conquering victory of the Messiah.  They believed that the time was ripe for the Romans to be cast out, and that Jesus was on the cusp of doing it.  Their own recent history demonstrated this during the Maccabean rebellion.  Simon Maccabeus had led a rebellion, temporarily kicking the Seleucids (Syrians) out of Jerusalem, and restoring the Jerusalem citadel back to what it was supposed to have been in 142BC. (1 Macc 13:51)  How did the people celebrate?  By waving palm branches, and entering Jerusalem with songs…exactly as they were doing with Jesus.  The tree branches weren’t just a nice way to honor their king; it was like waving a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag in expectations of a revolt.
  3. Not only did they honor the King with their actions; they honored the King with their words.  They proclaimed His praises.  See vs. 9…

9 Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ 10 Blessed is the kingdom of our father David That comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”

  1. The crowds accompanying Jesus quote Psalm 118.  This isn’t a random spontaneous recitation of Scripture, so much as it was the focused application of something they would have already been doing.  Psalm 118 is one of the Hallel psalms, routinely quoted as the Passover, and was recited/sung by Jewish pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover.  That they would choose Psalm 118 to quote was natural & appropriate.  However, there’s no doubt that they quoted it personally and specifically in a way that they had not done in the past.  Now they could sing not just of God’s general salvation, but the specific salvation that was promised by the hand of the One they now proclaimed.  Psalm 118:25–26, "(25) Save now, I pray, O LORD; O LORD, I pray, send now prosperity. (26) Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We have blessed you from the house of the LORD." []  Originally, the psalm speaks of the deliverance of the Lord.  The house of Israel seemed to be in trouble, surrounded by enemies, and they proclaim their trust in the everlasting mercies & covenant promises of God.  They could give thanks to God even before the deliverance came, because God was their God, and God was good to His word.  They could praise Him in past tense for a deliverance that was still yet future.  “Hosanna” actually is the Greek transliteration for the Hebrew phrase “Save now,” and it was not only a prayer, but had developed into a word of praise.  Salvation wasn’t only a request; it was the assured gift of God, and thus God could be praised.  In essence, in the portion of the psalm they quoted, they were saying “Praise the One who saves – Highly favored by God is the one who comes in the name of Covenant-Keeping God of Israel.”  At this point, they saw Jesus as the chosen one of God – the favored one of God – the one sent by God to fulfill God’s plan and promise of salvation.
    1. All of that is 100% correct.  The problem was, they didn’t understand what God’s plan of salvation was all about.
  2. Interestingly enough, Psalm 118 doesn’t just reference the Messiah’s victory; it also prophesies His rejection.  Psalm 118:22–24, "(22) The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. (23) This was the LORD’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. (24) This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it." []  Just as surely as the people sang the praises of the Messiah, they would reject the Man that God sent as the Messiah.  Jesus is the Chief Cornerstone – the One upon whom all the hopes of Israel (and all the world) rest.  Yet He would be rejected, and unbeknownst to the people singing that day, it would be their very neighbors (and some of them as well) to be those to reject Him.
  3. For now, they recognized the blessedness of the King, and they recognized the blessedness of His kingdom: “Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that comes in the name of the Lord!”  Why is the kingdom highly favored?  Because it comes with the presence and the promises of the king.  A kingdom is nothing without its king – the only reason it is blessed is because the king is the one that bestows his blessing.  He is the one that gives protection, that gives provision, that gives everything that is needed.  It’s no different with the kingdom of heaven.  Why is it blessed?  Because it comes with the presence of King Jesus!  Heaven is only heaven because Jesus is there…
  4. They recognized Jesus as being worthy of the highest praise!  “Hosanna in the highest!”  “Save now” is not so much a prayer here as it is the proclamation, “All highest praises to the One who saves!”  There is none as worthy of praise as our King Jesus.  He is worthy of all that can be given.  All glory, honor, and majesty that can be ascribed to anyone should be ascribed to King Jesus – and when all that is done, ascribe some more!  For a brief moment in time, the people of Israel praised their Messiah the way they ought to have done.  It wouldn’t last, but for now, it was marvelous.
    1. Thankfully, our praise of Jesus doesn’t have to end!  And it shouldn’t.  Jesus IS worthy of the highest praise, and we are the ones to give it to Him!
  5. In all of this, note the change.  Throughout the book of Mark, Jesus has told people to keep things quiet.  Repeatedly He told people that He had healed not to spread the news that He was the Messiah (even while knowing that no one would keep the secret).  There had been times in the past when the crowds had tried to take Jesus by force and make Him king, of which He always slipped out of their hands.  Yet now, the praise lets loose.  The crowds openly proclaim Jesus to be the King, and He allows them to do it, unrestrained.  Finally, the time was right – the time was at hand.  The King DID need to be announced, and to be recognized by the nation of Israel.  They needed to see their Messiah for their own eyes, and fully acknowledge Jesus as the Son of David.  They needed to see Jesus for who He is, in order that they may know whom it was they would later reject.  When Jesus was sent to the Romans to be crucified, He wasn’t sent there out of ignorance; the people (especially as represented through the priests, Pharisees, and Sadducees) knew exactly whom it was they were sending to His death.  This is the Man that had been presented as the Messiah King, and this is one they did not want as the Messiah King.
    1. It’s the same way with many people today.  They know whom they reject, when they reject Jesus.  They’ve heard the claims of the Bible – they’ve heard the testimonies of people – they know the basic story of the cross and resurrection of Jesus…they just don’t want Him.  That’s not ignorance; that’s rebellion.
  6. This is a massive climax at this point.  The vast crowds are shouting the praises of the Man they’re recognizing as the rightful King of Israel.  A huge procession of people is coming near to the walls of Jerusalem, and (although unmentioned by Mark) the attention of the city has been grabbed and the Pharisees demand Jesus rebuke His disciples (which He does not – Lk 19:39-40).  We can easily imagine the thoughts racing through the minds of the people: “How will Jesus confront the Romans?” “Who is going to draw the first sword?” “Are the crowds about to riot?” “Will Jesus call down fire from heaven or do some other supernatural miracle?”  They had a palpable expectation of something happening right then & there.  Jesus was presented as the King, and they had proclaimed Him as the King.  Now what?  Jesus didn’t exactly do what anyone expected.  See vs. 11…

11 And Jesus went into Jerusalem and into the temple. So when He had looked around at all things, as the hour was already late, He went out to Bethany with the twelve.

  1. The King had arrived, but He didn’t come in to form ranks and begin a battle; He came in for an inspection.  He didn’t go to the palace, or straight up to Pilate and demand that the Romans leave Jerusalem.  Instead, He went to the temple complex, took a look around, and left.  We can imagine that this left quite a few people confused!  What about all of the commotion that had surrounded Him all day?  What about the crowds of people and the shouts of praise?  Was all of that for nothing?  Did it all just fizzle out?  The expectations of the people and the expectations of Jesus were vastly different, which is one reason the mood towards Jesus in the city was so quick to turn from adoration to condemnation in a matter of days.  The crowd that brought Jesus into the city was shouting “Hosanna,” but in a few days’ time the mobs inside Jerusalem would be shouting “Crucify Him!” (Some people were likely in both crowds!)
  2. What Jesus DID do was to inspect the temple.  Although Matthew’s account has it in a different order (though without contradicting Mark), Jesus was going to come back the next day and cleanse the temple of all of the money-changers & upset the wicked practices of the priests.  What Mark points out in his details is that Jesus didn’t do any of that on a whim, but He had been very purposeful in His actions.  Like Nehemiah first coming to the outskirts of Jerusalem to assess the damage before entering it to rebuild, so did Jesus first come to assess the damage that the priests had allowed into the temple.  He would come back the next day in zeal and righteous anger.
  3. After all of it, Jesus left.  There had been a huge arrival with much fanfare – and then, a quiet departure.  Jesus had arrived in the city, but He didn’t stay there.  He and the disciples went back the two miles to Bethany (presumably returning the donkey along the way), and spent the night there.  Interestingly, there were no problems with Him leaving – apparently there were no objections to Him from the priests or Pharisees, or even the crowds.  He left under His own authority and fully in control.

Conclusion:
Was it disappointing?  Perhaps to the crowds.  It certainly didn’t meet their expectations.  The day had started out with the fulfillment of prophecy, and the adoration of the King as the people proclaimed the praises of their Messiah right to the gates of Jerusalem.  It ended with an inspection and a quiet departure back to Bethany.  No crowds were present; only the 12.

So what happened?  Did something go wrong?  Not at all.  The King had indeed arrived, and He came with His own agenda.  He had His own plan at work – one that had been designed from before the foundations of the world, and it was being worked out absolutely as it was supposed to.  The King would eventually come to rule & reign, but first He needed to be rejected.  And that’s exactly what would be set in motion upon His return to the city that week.

The agenda of the people was to throw out the Romans; the agenda of God was to throw out death.  There was a far greater battle to be fought than just the temporary deliverance of Jerusalem – a battle that had been looming since the Garden of Eden.  Death itself would be overthrown, and Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem was just the beginning.  The King’s agenda was far better, and would provide not only for the Jews of ancient Judea, but for all the world.

Do you recognize Jesus as the King?  Have you given the King the adoration He deserves?  Have you placed your trust in Him and in His agenda?

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