Our Next Guest Is: A Young Donkey

Series: Our Next Guest | Week 8: A Journey Through the Gospel of Mark

Day Two Mark 11:1-11

11 As Jesus and his disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. 2 “Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3 If anyone asks, ‘What are you doing?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it and will return it soon.’”

4 The two disciples left and found the colt standing in the street, tied outside the front door. 5 As they were untying it, some bystanders demanded, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 6 They said what Jesus had told them to say, and they were permitted to take it. 7 Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it, and he sat on it.

8 Many in the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others spread leafy branches they had cut in the fields. 9 Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting,

“Praise God!
Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
10 Blessings on the coming Kingdom of our ancestor David!
Praise God in highest heaven!”

11 So Jesus came to Jerusalem and went into the Temple. After looking around carefully at everything, he left because it was late in the afternoon. Then he returned to Bethany with the twelve disciples.

1. What details surrounding this triumphal entry into Jerusalem does Mark give us? Why so many?
2. What is the significance of Jesus riding in on a young donkey (see this Old Testament prophecy for more)?
3. What emotions do you sense from the people in verses 8-10?

The time has come for Jesus to complete His mission on earth. He embraces it with steady determination, quietly revealing Himself to the people in Jerusalem as their long-awaited Messiah. But the people still don’t understand the type of Messiah they are receiving. Jesus came to save them from their eternal problems, not their earthly ones. Think about your own relationship with God. On a daily basis, do you want more of God or more from God? Confess to Him now the ways you treat Him more like a cosmic genie and ask Him to plant in your heart an insatiable desire for more of Him.

For Further Reading: Contentment by Tim Keller

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