by Christina Farris
1 And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples,
2 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.
3 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.
4 And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him.
5 And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt?
6 And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go.
7 And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.
8 And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.
9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:
10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.
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. Time of Triumphal entry as a Christian it always seem like a time of celebration, that was so short lived. Some Gospel include the she ass and colt, Meaning the donkey and her young one. The reason being so, it the kings of Israel would sit on the donkey and ride side saddle with his feet on the colt. Mark puts Jesus on a colt, to ride through the streets. It has more to do with tradition that Matthew perhaps signifies the way it was done to show a peaceful king coming into Jerusalem, something Jews would of understood. To ride a colt only or a steed, would of been a sign of war, which in truth the Gentiles would of understood that who Mark was writing too, plus it writen that way in Luke and John. The Entry into the city with branches off of trees and singing or shouting "blessed be the kingdom of our Father David that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna In the hightest", was exalting Jesus as King or leader. A leader of peace, a leader of not in appearance war.
What interesting is Jesus is specific when it comes to telling the disciples where to find the colt and what to do if question concerning the colt. Almost prophetic, not necessarily, but one might like to think so. We do not know what preparation before hand might of been made by Jesus. However the instruction and willingness to obey only confirmed that all Jesus said was so. It is like, if I sent you to the market and asks you to pick such and such up and what to say to the store keeper, when you went to pay, or just pick it up for me. No one questioning, beyond the fact I probably precalled, or used an app on my phone to place and order.
The disciples were still listening to Jesus, people were still following Jesus and willing to exalt him into the city of Jerusalem. We never question why, because we know miracles alone were enough to exalt Jesus. Yet the mystery of those quiet talks with Jesus by the disciples discussing his death, is something harder to understand. For the disciples to see this kind of celebration about Jesus riding into the city of David(Jerusalem), with not an enemy at the moment. One must wonder how this coronation type of service was effecting not only the crowd but his disciples. Jesus said he would be mocked, he would be beaten, and would die, but right now he is being worshipped by the crowd. What would change the people attitude.
Tomorrow we be looking at the reason for the change in the crowd, and the attitude of the people who might of witness the events to follow. Everyone loved Jesus and his teaching, his miracles and his signs that followed him. Everyone amazed. It when we get to the next portion of scripture in Mark do we begin to see the effects of actions.
Right now let us celebrate Jesus as King and Lord of Lords, even disciples understood he was Lord for the moment in time. The moment that would declare him king, but destroy the image of Jesus as teacher, Messiah and prophet, and how those actions would of effect the followers. I can only prepare you with question of discontent, because today we celebrate who Jesus truly is as Lord, and the crowd went wild for Jesus. The crowd rejoiced in Jesus coming to Jerusalem.
Dear Heavenly Father, let us not be the crowd, but the people watching with silence as a fly on the wall, to the discord that would follow from just one day of celebration. Help the reality of events that followed be fully understood, as act that would cause Christ own death. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Matthew 21:1-11 KJV
1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,
2 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.
3 And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.
4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,
5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
6 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,
7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.
8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.
9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?
11 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.