The Triumphal Entry…
As we continue our study of Mark, Jesus makes His triumphal entry into Jerusalem:
When they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately on entering it, you will find a colt tethered on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here…” So they brought the colt to Jesus and put their cloaks over it. And he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields.
Those preceding him as well as those following kept crying out: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come! Hosanna in the highest!” -Mark 11:1-10, NAB
Jesus coming into Jerusalem on a colt was a prophecy from Zechariah 9:9, and it marks a pivotal moment of Jesus fulfilling Old Testament prophecies. His triumphal entry was the first step toward Christ completing His mission on the cross. He has gone from Teacher to King, loved by the people, but will soon become a hated man.
Some see Christ as a mere prophet because of His time spent teaching. To this point in Mark, His ministry has been focused on spreading the faith and healing the sick. Everything that follows from this point on, however, is what separates Christ from ordinary prophets.
The people, including Christ’s closest disciples, may not have known was going to happen next. For them, this was a joyous day; they would not expect that their King would soon be lifted on a cross. Jesus’ ministry had reached a pinnacle, but it would not last.
Today’s verse is the reason why we celebrate Palm Sunday. Like the people of Jerusalem, we are welcoming Christ the King into our lives. He is our King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and we must devote and give our lives over to the King. Does that feeling last? Weeks after Palm Sunday, do you still remember that Christ is the King over your life?
A year ago, when I wrote about the Triumphal Entry for Palm Sunday, I encouraged you to remember that Christ is your King of Kings, Lord of Lords, throughout the year – not just on Palm Sunday. Today’s verse is an excellent checkpoint. How well is it going? Who rules your day? Are you ruler over your own life, or is your life completely in service to God?
Palm Sunday, along with the rest of Holy Week, has passed. Where are you now? Like Christ’s Triumphal Entry, Holy Week can often be the pinnacle of our year, but what happens next? We may be in Ordinary Time, but that does not mean that we cannot live extraordinary lives.