Today’s passage: Mark 11:1-11
- In Jesus’ Triumphal Entry, he is hailed as the promised Messiah in Jerusalem.
- In riding into Jerusalem on a young donkey, Jesus fulfilled the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9.
- The people cried out words from Psalm 118:25-26.
- The people are looking for freedom from the Romans, not from their sin.
- The palm branches were a national symbol. Jesus riding into the city at the beginning of Passover (Celebrating their freedom from Egypt) would have been equated with what they’d hoped he would do for Israel now that they were under the authority of Rome.
Questions to consider:
- On this day, the Jews called Jesus their Messiah. What would they do at the end of the week (Mark 15:12-14)?
- In what way was Israel so close to understanding who Jesus was? In what way were they so far away? What was it they wanted? Who did they want Jesus to be for them?
- From what had Jesus come to save His people? Why is it right to cry out, “Hosannah!” (Matthew 1:21)