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Mark 10:46 – 11:14 – Your King Is Coming: Meditative Musing for Dec 10


On the way to Jerusalem where He would receive His crown, Jesus passed through Jericho where a blind beggar, Bartimaeus, cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” In this, he prefigured the Triumphant Entry, which immediately follows.

Jesus entered Jerusalem on a borrowed donkey while the crowd around Him spread their cloaks and branches on the road, waved palm branches (a symbol of Jewish independence), and cried out,

Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest! (cf. Psalm 118:25-26; Ezekiel 37:24-25)

All these things have Messianic overtones and shout fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy.

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9)

The common people were ready for Messiah. This parade got the attention of the Jewish authorities. They saw this as dangerous incitement to revolutionary fervor.

Jesus rode to receive His crown – but it was not the crown either the common people, the disciples, or the Jews expected He would seek.

It was the crown of thorns as He died between two thieves, one on the right hand and the other on His left, to whom God had assigned those positions in His kingdom.

If Jesus gained His crown by suffering, can we expect crowns without suffering?

 

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