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Saturday, March 4, 2017
Today’s Bible Reading:
Numbers 34-36, Mark 11
SCRIPTURE: Mark 11:7-10
7 Then they
brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it. 8 And many spread their
clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and
spread them on the road. 9 Then those who went before
and those who followed cried out, saying:
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ 10
Blessed is the kingdom of our
That comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!” (Mark 10:29-30 NKJV)
In our previous readings from the book of Mark in past few
days (Mark 1-10) we may have noted that as Jesus went about ministering to
people, performing healings and miracles and signs and wonders, His popularity
among the general population had grown while, at the same time, the scribes and
Pharisees had grown to despise Him all the more. Because of their jealousy,
pride, arrogance and hate-filled hearts, the Jewish religious leaders and
teachers of the Law had grown increasingly antagonistic toward Jesus. As we
come to Mark 11, this is where we find the historical Jesus—loved and adored by
the people—hated and despised by the established religious leaders.
When we read and visualize this scene (vv. 7-10) of Jesus riding
into Jerusalem on a donkey (a fulfillment of Messianic prophecy), it is hard to
imagine that in less than a week’s time He would be crucified and buried in the
tomb. This is the event we celebrate on Palm Sunday as we recount the incident
of the adoring crowds worshipping and honoring Jesus with shouts of “Hosanna”
and the waving of palm branches. “Hosanna” is a word of exaltation and
adoration. It was shouted by the multitudes in worship and recognition of Jesus
as the Messiah and King. One week later, on what we celebrate today as Easter
Sunday, Jesus would rise victoriously from death, hell and the grave.
May we always be on the side of those worshipping and
adoring our Lord and Savior, and never slip into the error of making religion
replace relationship with Him.
My Lord and Savior, the Christ, the Messiah, I join in
worship, praise and thanksgiving to You. Hosanna in the highest! Amen. -AP