Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Grand Entry

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

Mark 11:1-10

Now when they drew near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples; 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. 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.”

So they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door outside on the street, and they loosed it. But some of those who stood there said to them, “What are you doing, loosing the colt?” 

And they spoke to them just as Jesus had commanded. So they let them go. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it. And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

   ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’
   Blessed is the kingdom of our father David
   That comes in the name of the Lord!
   Hosanna in the highest!” 

I only watched about 5 minutes of the Super Bowl half-time show. Did you watch it? I have to tell you, singer Katy Perry made a stunning entrance. The entire stadium went dark. There was a long, dramatic pause, and then, under intense spotlights, Ms Perry came into view riding a two-story, mechanical lion. It was an extravagant entrance with dazzling lights and glamor the likes of which I’ve never seen before. 

But this morning, as I re-read Mark’s account of our Lord’s entry into Jerusalem, I couldn’t help but think of the contrast between Ms Perry’s entrance at the Super Bowl and Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. She entered on a mechanical monstrosity, but Jesus entered on a donkey. Make no mistake about it, Jesus set the tone; He came as the people’s King, but He came in humility. He didn’t come for accolades, or to receive anything for that matter. He came to give His life a ransom for all [1 Timothy 2:6].

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of what is called, The Passion Week. But please stick with Him until three days after His death. You don’t want to miss His greatest victory! 

So Jesus came to Jerusalem and went into the Temple. Mark 11:11

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