The Triumphal Entry
"Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of His disciples 2 and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” 4 And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. 5 And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6 And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. 7 And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and He sat on it. 8 And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. 9And those who went before 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!"
" Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is He, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey." (Zechariah 9:9, ESV)
" 12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” (John 12:12-13, ESV)
“ 7 And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and He sat on it. 8 And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. 9 And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna!..."
v.8 - "And many spread their cloaks on the road..."
Did you know that Jesus is ready... to receive any who would come to Him in faith?
"...if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9, ESV)
" But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God," (John 1:2, ESV)
Did you know Jesus is ready... to restore and strengthen you?
" And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you" (1 Peter 5:10, ESV)
Did you know that Jesus is ready... Reward those who are faithful?
"And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him." (Hebrews 11:6, ESV)
Week 1 - The Triumphal Entry
We have just finished a sermon series called ‘Upside Down’ where we learned how much Jesus’ actions, visions, and calling to us are different than that of the world. I want to continue in this line of thinking, at least for the first week of our new series, “But Sunday is Coming’! This Sunday, we learned about the Triumphal Entry of Jesus and how people responded to Him while making this entry. There are so many lessons to learn from this passage--all of which as a very applicable reality in the life of followers of Christ! Today’s study will focus on one of the truths from this passage--‘How well do you really know Jesus?”
1. As a group, share your thoughts and reactions to Sunday’s message and passage.
2. Think about the different elements of this story and how Jesus came into the city of Jerusalem. Let’s look specifically as his mode of transportation? How does Jesus’ chosen mode of transportation speak to His type of kingship compared to how a normal King would travel?
3. Keeping this in mind-how does the fact that the donkey was borrowed further illustrate Jesus’ type of Kingship?
4. Look specifically at v7 of Mark 11. What do we see in this passage that would, still further, separate Jesus from other kings?
5. Finally one last, but very significant, truth can be seen from this passage. When a king is returning the royal city, where is his typical destination, but to His palace? A normal king would head straight to well protected, preserved, secluded, and extravagant palace. Look just a bit past the end of Sunday’s passage to Mark 11:15-17. To what palace is Jesus headed?
In closing let’s return to the purpose of this study stated at it’s beginning, ‘How well do you know Jesus?’ Look at v9, the people were shouting “Hosanna”. They know doubt knew the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you: righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey”, yet, they missed JESUS--they did not know Him. They wanted someone who would be an earthly king and help to lead them escape the rule of Rome. Many of those who shouted ‘Hosanna’ did not believe in Christ as the Savior--they merely hoped in Him as a political figure, not the Messiah. In fact, look how quickly their praises toward Christ of ‘Hosanna” turned to “Crucify Him’ - once their expectations of Him as an earthly king and political figure were failed. Do you know Christ--truly? Or are you praising Him from the sidelines for all the wrong reasons because of what you might acquire. Will your praises and faith in Jesus wane when your unrealistic and unbiblical expectations are not fulfilled--when you don’t get what you want? Or do you have a true faith in a true Savior that transcends all? How well do you know Jesus.