“Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.” vs. 11
In the book of Zechariah there is a reference to the entrance of a triumphant king into Jerusalem. Instead of riding a war horse this king would be mounted on a donkey, a symbol of humility, and he would usher in an era of peace. It’s likely that this is what Jesus had in mind with his entry into the city. He came with a purpose and not an army and aimed to conquer not with a sword but with a gentle and humble spirit. That first afternoon, Mark says, he just looked around, and then went back to his friends’ home in Bethany, just across the Mount of Olives on the main road from Jericho. As he reconnoitered he was making a plan to cleanse the temple that would demonstrate his vision for change and reformation. It was a bold strategy, one that would show clearly the strength and convictions that undergirded his humility…and ultimately it got him killed! That’s how it is with prophets! But the prospect of opposition never deters them…their message is just too important. The world needs to know that there is another way, a way that leads to peace and serenity, the way of Jesus, our humble and triumphant king!
Thought for the Day: Where does humility get its power?