The Gospel of Mark provides a familiar account of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, but sometimes familiarity results in either glossing over or embellishment of the details. Alistair Begg carefully presents this portion of Scripture within a contextual and historical perspective so that we can see Jesus as the Bible clearly presents Him. As we look in to the passage, we can—with the wondering crowd—praise God for what He has done and is about to do.
1Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus1 sent two of his disciples 2and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 3If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” 4And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. 5And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. 7And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. 8And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. 9And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”
11And 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.
It could be the plot for a movie: an oppressed nation is looking for a liberator, but there’s a plan in the works to kill him before he can act. An innocent man dies willingly for guilty men. People come back to life from the dead, and a body disappears. Centuries' worth of prophesies were about to be fulfilled, but not in the way anyone expected… and conspiracies and political intrigue surround it all.
By any measure, the final days of Christ’s life and the weeks and months immediately following his resurrection were filled with strange and perplexing events, themes, and ideas. If someone made up the story, we might accuse him of sensationalism, yet these historical events are at the turning point in redemptive history. In this series of messages, Alistair Begg explains how God used these strange ideas to accomplish His great plan to redeem mankind and reconcile us to Himself through Christ’s death and resurrection.
|Palm Sunday Perspective, Part One||Mark 11:1-11|
|Palm Sunday Perspective, Part Two||Mark 11:1-11|
|Your King on a Donkey||John 12:12-19|
|In Remembrance of Me||Luke 22:19|
|The Glory of the Cross||Galatians 1:4 Isaiah 53:1-12|
|An Impossible Assignment||Matthew 27:62-66|
|Some Strange Ideas||Acts 17:30|
|We Are All Witnesses||Acts 2:32|