Mark 11:1-11

Ministry in Jerusalem: Opposition to Service
Mark 11 – 13
1st Entry into Jerusalem: The Triumphal Entry
Mark 11:1-11
The Triumphal Entry.

The triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem is important for a number of reasons. First of all, it marked the beginning of the final week of our Lord's life, called the Passion Week. It would have taken place "on the morrow" (John 12:12) after "six days before the passover" (John 12:1); i.e. on the first day of the week. Secondly, the triumphal entry was the final presentation to Israel of their King, the Son of David, at His first coming. It was a final opportunity for them to receive Jesus as their Messiah. After rejecting Him formally this final time, the Lord pronounced "your house is left unto you desolate" (Matt. 23:38). Thirdly, the triumphal entry was prophesied about 550 years earlier by Zechariah the prophet (Zech. 9:9)! It is a clear fulfillment of Messianic prophecy. It also marks the end of of Daniel's 69th week: "unto the Messiah the Prince" (Dan. 9:25). This event was so pivotal in the coming of our Lord that it is recorded in all four gospels.

Parallel passages are: Matt. 21:1-11; Luke 19:29-40; John 12:12-19.
And when they draw near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sends two of his disciples, 2 and says to them, Go into the village which is over against you, and immediately on entering into it ye will find a colt tied, upon which no child of man has ever sat: loose it and lead it here3 And if any one say to you, Why do ye this? say, The Lord has need of it; and straightway he sends it hither. 4 And they departed, and found a colt bound to the door without at the crossway, and they loose him. 5 And some of those who stood there said to them, What are ye doing, loosing the colt? 6 And they said to them as Jesus had commanded. And they let them do it7 And they led the colt to Jesus, and cast their clothes upon it, and he sat on it; 8 and many strewed their clothes on the way, and others cut down branches from the trees and went on strewing them on the way9 And those going on before and those following cried out, Hosanna! blessed be he that comes in the Lord’s name. 10 Blessed be the coming kingdom of our father David. Hosanna in the highest! 11 And he entered into Jerusalem and into the temple; and having looked round on all things, the hour being already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.