Mark 11 part 1–Jesus Arrives as a King

Jesus entered Jerusalem as a King and hero.  There were crowds and palm leaves—people singing his praise it was a glorious day.  But Jesus knew it was a fleeting moment.  The most ironic part was that He knew these people that were yelling hosanna would be screaming for his execution only days later.  He was never about the fanfare—simply because he knew it was fleeting. He had a mission to complete and only a week to complete it.  He was focused and doing all that was necessary to complete his mission.  I know the disciples must have thought they were coming into their own and were finally getting the reward for following Jesus—sadly, they would find that they were really going to test their commitment. His power and authority as a King was unquestionable, and, for the moment, the crowd had it right–but, he did not come to be an earthly ruler.  This would have been an enormous step down from being the creator and Master of the universe, and frankly, God was unwilling to settle!

In our walks, we can often lose sight of the mission for the activities.  Jesus had focus and kept it no matter the circumstance—he calls us to do the same.  In Philippians 4:11-13, Paul articulates the idea that we will have peace if we can be unaffected by circumstance and realize his peace and power will meet our needs.  Jesus got it and the disciples would git it.  We have to face each adventure with the idea that He is leading and wherever he leads I’ll go—2 hymns in one week!

God Bless You

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’”

They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,

“Hosanna![a]

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[b]

10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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