1. Observations (Mark)
(a) Jesus, the twelve and others are moving towards Jerusalem from Jericho, coming to Bethany near the Mount of Olives.
(b) It is the first month of the Jewish calendar, Nisan and the Passover week.
(c) Jesus orchestrates the type of entry he desires, not his disciples nor his followers.
(d) The response of his disciples, followers and the crowds in praising and laying out branches is in viewing Jesus as the ultimate earthly saviour.
(e) Jesus, is beyond such a perspective. Standing in the temple courts he visualizes what is to be.
2. From God’s Point of View
(a) Jesus’ entry was fulfilling 4 important Bible prophecies
(a1) Righteous and Victorious, lowly and riding …on a colt (Zechariah 9:9-10)
(a2) 483 years from the decree of Artaxerxes to allow for the rebuilding of the wall (Daniel 9:25ff)
(a3) Entering through the eastern gate (Ezekiel 43:1, 4; 44:1-3)
(a4) The rejection of the cornerstone (Psalm 118:20-22; Luke 19:41-42)
(b) Jesus’ was not to be king he was to be ‘King of Kings and Lord of Lords’, unparalleled
(b1) The birth and the beginning of Jesus’ ministry both had ‘kingly’ aspects, but they did not fit the earthly bill
(b2) Jesus viewed the kingdom of God and glorified status that would be given him on being faithful to the Fathers will. (Philippians 2:9-11; Revelation 7:9-10)
3. Take Away
Examine the kingly status Jesus has in your life (If Jesus is King of our lives, then we serve him and in his Kingdom as faithful subjects)