From Mark 10-11
In today’s passage we take a look at how Jesus behaved when he entered Jerusalem knowing he would soon suffer and die. Q. Do you look forward to your own death?
This post is part of my bible in a year series.
Passage and Comments
Jesus knows what he is doing, he boldly approaches Jerusalem knowing what awaits him.
11 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. (Mk 11:1–7)
I can’t help feel that this scene is somewhat deceptive. What do you think?
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! 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!” (Mk 11:8–10)
I think its deceptive (is that the right word?) because I suspect these are the same people who will yell out for his crucifixion later. Another point is that Jesus is depicted as the promised one precisely because it is in his death on the cross that he brings about the promises and the kingdom of God. Praise Jesus.
Two things stand out to me about Jesus here. First, His boldness and courage. He knows what is going to happen here. He enters the temple spoiling for a fight. Second, did he know how these people would later treat him. Is he already going through the motions of having compassion on these people?
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