Mark 11:1-11

Welcome to Timeless Truth with Pastor Jim Thomas. In season 2, Pastor Jim is leading us in a study of Mark. Today’s passage is Mark 11:1-11

Why did Jesus ride into Jerusalem on a donkey? Why did the crowds shout “Hosanna” at Jesus? How might they have understood and/or misunderstood what Jesus was doing? How did the religious leaders react that day? And what timeless lessons about God’s love for us are to be found here?

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the horse from Jerusalem; And the bow of war will be cut off. And He will speak peace to the nations; And His dominion will be from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth.”
Zechariah 9:9-10

How did various people respond to Jesus on that first Palm Sunday? 

  1. Some misunderstood Jesus because they wanted him to be a socio-political hero.
  2. Some rejected Jesus and wanted to silence Him.
  3. Others would come to believe in Jesus and these would find life in His name.

“Christianity is in its very essence a rescue religion.”
John Stott

“Jesus came the first time, and he is coming again, as the king over all kings. King of Israel, king of all the nations, king of nature and the universe. Until he comes again, there is a day of amnesty and forgiveness and patience. He still rides a donkey and not yet a white war-horse with a rod of iron. He is ready to save all who receive him as Savior and Treasure and King. Come to him. Know him. Receive him. Live your life in allegiance to him.”
John Piper

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