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March 29, 2015


SCRIPTURE: Mark 11:1-11


KEY VERSE: And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. (Mark 11:9)


INTRODUCTION: In the Gospel of Mark, we are coming now to the last days in the earthly life of our Lord. Mark chapter 11 is divided this way:


·        Jesus presents Himself publicly to His nation as the Messiah (Mark 11:1–11).


·        Jesus pronounces a curse on the fig tree (Mark 11:12–14).


·        Jesus purifies the temple (Mark 11:15–21).


·        Jesus’ prayer discourse (Mark 11:22–26).


·        Jesus perturbs the religious rulers (Mark 11:27–33).


Note: This eleventh chapter of Mark’s gospel deals with the three days that Christ came into Jerusalem. I take the position that Christ’s so-called triumphal entry really was not that at all. It was the Lord Jesus coming to Jerusalem in a public manner at the conclusion of His earthly ministry and presenting Himself. Actually, it amounted to a rejection of His offer.


Jesus Christ really came in on three separate days, and not on just one day. I think that each gospel is presenting a different aspect of His coming into Jerusalem. (1) The first day He came was a Sabbath day (a Saturday). (2) Jesus returned on Sunday and cleansed the temple. (3) Then He returned on Monday and wept over Jerusalem.




A. Moving Toward Jerusalem. (Mark 11:1)


And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples. (Mark 11:1)


1. Christ’s death is near.


In the last few chapters of Mark, Jesus is moving toward Jerusalem. He is moving geographically and He is moving chronologically closer to His death. This is the last week of Christ’s earthly life. Bethany and Bethphage are two little towns on the other side of the Mount of Olives from Jerusalem.


2. Christ’s honoring is near.


On the road Jesus took, a traveler would arrive first at Bethany and then come to Bethphage, about two miles from Jerusalem. The elevation at this point is about 2,600 feet, and from it you have a breathtaking view of the Holy City.


The Lord was about to do something He had never done before, something He had repeatedly cautioned others not to do for Him: He was going to permit His followers to give a public demonstration in His honor.


B. Directing His Disciples. (Mark 11:2-3)


And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him. And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither. (Mark 11:2–3)


1. The explanation.


There are two possible explanations regarding the colt that Jesus was to ride into Jerusalem. (1) The Lord Jesus could have known about it since He is God and, therefore, omniscient. This could have been a miracle from beginning to end.


On the other hand, (2) all of this could have been arranged beforehand, and it would therefore be entirely human. It does not seem necessary to read a miracle in here when the natural explanation is in order.


I believe our Lord had arranged for this beforehand, and I think you will find greater meaning if you look at it that way. The important feature is that Jesus Christ is asserting His authority. Notice that if anyone questions them about taking the colt, they are to say that the Lord has need of it. That is asserting authority.


2. The obedience.


While some are plotting His death, others are yielding allegiance to Him. “Straightway he will send him hither.” There were those who were obeying Him. Now that has been true for over nineteen hundred years. There are these two classes of people even today. As we read on, we find that they went into the town and found things just as the Lord had said.


II. THE LOWLY KING. (Mark 11:4-7)


A. The Prophecy. (Mark 11:4-6)


4And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him. 5And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt? 6And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go. (Mark 11:4-6)


1. Old Testament Scripture.


Jesus sent two of His disciples to Bethphage to get the colt that He needed for the event. Most people today think of a donkey as nothing but a humble beast of burden, but in that day, it was looked on as an animal fit for a king to use (1 Kings 1:33).


Our Lord needed this beast so that He might fulfill the messianic prophecy found in Zechariah 9:9. Mark does not quote this verse or refer to it because he was writing primarily for Gentile readers.


2. New Testament fulfilling.


In fulfilling this prophecy, Jesus accomplished two purposes: (1) He declared Himself to be Israel’s King and Messiah; and (2) He deliberately challenged the religious leaders. This set in motion the official plot that led to His arrest, trial, and crucifixion.


The Jewish leaders had decided not to arrest Him during the feast, but God had determined otherwise. The Lamb of God must die at Passover!


B. The Colt. (Mark 11:7)


7And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him. (Mark 11:7)


You will notice that they merely follow His instructions and return with the colt. Though the colt had never been ridden before, it did not balk at carrying its Creator into Jerusalem.


Donkey Mentality

By David C. McCasland


A minister referred to Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem and asked: “What if the donkey on which Jesus was riding had thought all the cheering was for him? What if that small animal had believed that the hosannas and the branches were in his honor?”


The minister then pointed to himself and said: “I’m a donkey. The longer I’m here the more you’ll come to realize that. I am only a Christ-bearer and not the object of praise.”


In recording Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, Matthew referred to the prophecy of Zechariah: “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey’” (Matthew 21:5; see Zechariah 9:9).


On Palm Sunday, the donkey was merely a Christ-bearer, bringing the Son of God into the city where He would give His life for the sins of the world.


If we could develop a healthy “donkey mentality,” what an asset that would be as we travel the road of life. Instead of wondering what people think of us, our concern would be, “Can they see Christ Jesus, the King?” Rather than seeking credit for service rendered, we would be content to lift up the Lord. -- David C. McCasland, Our Daily Bread, June 19, 2006


III. HOSANNA TO OUR KING. (Mark 11:8-11)


A. A Festive Procession. (Mark 11:8-10)


8And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way. 9And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: 10Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest. (Mark 11:8-10)


1. Some were impressed.


a. They were a mixed group.


Jesus rode to the city on a carpet of clothes and palm branches, with the acclamation of the people ringing in His ears. For a moment, at least, Jesus was acknowledged as the King. Many patriotic Jews from the crowd of pilgrims eagerly joined the procession that proclaimed Jesus as the King, the Son of David come in the name of the Lord.


Note: (1) The visitors from Galilee were most prominent in the procession, (2) along with the people who had witnessed the raising of Lazarus from the dead (John 12:12-18).


You sometimes hear it said that the same people who cried “Hosanna!” on Palm Sunday ended up crying “Crucify Him!” on Good Friday, but this is not true. The crowd that wanted Him crucified came predominantly from Judea and Jerusalem, whereas the Galilean Jews were sympathetic with Jesus and His ministry.


b. They were a needy group.


When welcoming a king, it was customary for people to lay their outer garments on the road, and then add festive branches (2 Kings 9:13). The shout “Hosanna!” means “Save now!”


It comes from Psalm 118:25-26: “Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.”


Of course, the Lord Jesus knew that the people were quoting from a messianic psalm (compare Psalm 118:22-23 with Matthew 21:42-44 and Acts 4:11), but Jesus allowed them to go right ahead and shout. Jesus Christ was openly affirming His kingship as the Son of David. Jesus Christ is the Jewish Messiah!


2. Some were unimpressed.


I am not sure that this was very impressive to those in Jerusalem. I am sure it would not have been impressive to anyone who had been in Rome at the time that one of the Caesars returned from a campaign and had a great triumphal entry, a victorious return of a Caesar.


History tells us that so much booty and so many captives were brought back that the parade would go on for two or three days and nights. That would be triumphal, would it not?


Here it was just a few Galilean Jews, peasants. But the impressive thing and the important thing is that the Lord Jesus Christ is offering Himself as the Messiah publicly.


B. A Public Presentation. (Mark 11:11)


And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve. (Mark 11:11)


1. Jesus is the Great High Priest.


There are two things here that are important to see. It was obviously the Sabbath day and the money changers and the oxen were not there. On this first day (1) Jesus came in as the Priest, and (2) Jesus was the sacrifice. He came in as the Great High Priest to offer the sacrifice that is acceptable to God for your sins and for my sins.


2. Jesus is the promised Messiah.


Also, notice that He did not spend the night in Jerusalem but returned to Bethany for the evening. Jesus had presented Himself to the city publicly and was demanding a decision. As far as we can tell, the Lord did not spend a night in the city that rejected Him.


The Cross and the Crown

By Herbert Vander Lugt


On the day we call Palm Sunday the Lord Jesus presented Himself to Israel as their King when He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. Had He been astride a spirited horse, He would have looked more kingly. But Zechariah had prophesied He would come in the humble way that He did.


Why? Kings of the East rode donkeys when on errands of peace. The horse was used as a charger in war.


The multitudes thought in terms of earthly prosperity and freedom from Rome. So they cried, “Hosanna in the highest!” (Mark 11:10). Yet a few days later, the shouts of the crowd became: “Crucify Him!” (Mark 15:13).


Some who declare themselves admirers of Jesus do not recognize Him as the Savior of sinners. But our deepest need cannot be met until our sin problem is overcome. For this reason Christ rode into Jerusalem on a donkey with His face set toward the cross, knowing full well the shameful and painful death He would suffer there. Now, having paid the price for human sin, He is highly exalted at God’s right hand and will come again as King of kings and Lord of lords. His cross had to precede His crown.


If we want to be part of His heavenly kingdom, we must trust Him as our Savior now. – Herbert Vander Lugt, Our Daily Bread, April 9, 2005




A. Are you shouting, “Hosanna” today for the God who has saved you and forgiven you?


1. He is the God who is encouraging you to break free of the sin and destructive habits that were once ruining your life and your relationships.


2. He is the God who is filling your life with joy, hope, peace, excitement, and purpose.


B. If not, I wonder if you are ready, right now, to say, “Hosanna. God, please save me.”


1. God, I need what only You can give.


2. God, I need You to forgive me.


3. God, I need You to lead me.


4. God, I need You to change me.


5. God, I need You to fill the emptiness in me.


6. Please, God, please, come and save me.”


THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “A Christian’s life is a window through which others can see Jesus.”


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REFERENCES: References used in the Bible study are the King James Bible (KJV), Dr. J. Vernon McGee © Thru the Bible Radio Network ( www.ttb.org ), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Dr. Charles Stanley: ( http://www.intouch.org/ ), Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Dr. David Jeremiah: ( http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/ ), Dr. Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, RBC Ministries ( http://rbc.org/ ), selected illustrations, and other references.




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