Mark 11:1-10 ● Is. 50:4-7 ● Phil. 2:6-11 ● Mark 14:1-15:47
When they were nearing Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany on Mount Olives, he sent off two of the disciples with instructions: “Go to the village across from you. As soon as you enter, you’ll find a colt tethered, one that has never yet been ridden. Untie it and bring it.”
The people gave him a wonderful welcome, some throwing their coats on the street, others spreading out rushes they had cut in the fields. Running ahead and following after, they were calling out,
Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in God’s name! Blessed the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in highest heaven!
Jesus didn’t show up in Jerusalem like a mighty warrior riding a war-tested military horse. He entered on an inexperienced young colt, without an army or accompanying bodyguards. The common people gave him the only welcome poor people could give, spreading out their own coats and cut foliage for their version of a royal carpet. Yet it was a spontaneous, wonderful, joyous welcome as they recognized his true authority—not as the military king of their country, but the one who comes in God’s name.
Do you ever miss the coming of God into your life because He shows up without fanfare and perhaps in a much lowlier state than you were expecting? Pray to have your eyes opened to the unexpected ways Jesus will come to you today.
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