The Triumphal Entry
Verse 1 – Now when they came near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples;
Verse 2 – and He said to them, “Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt (ass) tied, on which no one had sat. Loose it and bring it.
Verse 3 – “And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?” say, ‘The Lord has need of it,’ and immediately he will send it here.”
Jesus triumphal entry is what is now called “Palm Sunday.”
Verse 4 – So they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door outside on the street, and they loosed it.
Verse 5 – And some of those who stood there said to them, “What are you doing, losing the colt?”
Verse 6 – So they spoke to them just as Jesus had commanded. And they let them go.
Verse 7 – Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments on it, and He sat on it.
Verse 8 – And many spread their garments on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from trees and spread them on the road.
Verse 9 – Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Verse 10 – Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”
The people shouted “Hosanna,” meaning ‘Save!’ They recognized Jesus was fulfilling prophecy that was recorded in Zechariah 9:9, and in just a few days they would cry out “Crucify Him!”
Verse 11 – And Jesus went into Jerusalem and into the temple. So when He had looked around at all the things, as the hour was already late, He went out to Bethany with the twelve.
Verse 12 – Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry.
Verse 13 – And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. And when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.
The fig tree showed the promise of fruit, but had produced none – a religious life with no substance. This is claiming to have faith, but yet not producing anything in one’s life.
Verse 14 – In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it.
The cursing of this fig tree is the last recorded miracle in Mark. Jesus gives the meaning and the lesson learned in Matthew 24, about this.
Verse 15 – So they came to Jerusalem. And Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changes and the seats of those who sold doves.
If you noticed in verse 11, Jesus and His disciples had entered the temple in Jerusalem, but left. Now they are back and saw what they had turned God’s house into. Perhaps this was taking place in the court of the Gentiles.
Verse 16 – And He would not allow anyone to carry wares (vessels) through the temple.
Only Mark added the information in this verse, indicating further inappropriate use of the temple as a thoroughfare or shortcut to walk through.
Verse 17 – Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a den of thieves.
What have we made our place of worship into today? Some don’t even preach the Gospel anymore, or some when they do, it’s a watered-down version. We all should study the book of Acts and see if the place where we worship lives up to scripture.
Verse 18 – And the scribes and the chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy Him for they feared Him, because all the people were astonished at His teaching.
Verse 19 – And when evening had come, He went out of the city.
Verse 20 – Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
Verse 21 – And Peter remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.”
Verse 22 – So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.
Verse 23 – “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will come to pass, he will have whatever he says.
The image of a mountain being cast into the sea is an impossible task. Jesus used this example to tell His disciples that “Nothing is impossible with God!” To pray effective prayers and see results, faith must be placed in God, not the object of our request. Too many don’t see answered prayers, because they speak doubt and negative words right after they have made a request. Think about that a moment. The words that come out of our mouth, spoken in faith, will produce the right results.
Verse 24 – “Therefore I say to you, whatever things yo ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
Verse 25 – “And whenever yo stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.
Verse 26 – “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
We cannot pray with bitterness, unforgiveness, or doubt, in our hearts, and expect God to answer with the desired results! The people that have hurt us are not going to always ask us for forgiveness, forgive them anyway. Our blessings and answered prayer doesn’t come from them, it comes from God! And you must believe in your heart that you will receive what you have asked.
Verse 27 – Then they came again to Jerusalem. And as He was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to Him.
Verse 28 – And they said to Him, “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority to do these things?”
Verse 29 – But Jesus answered and said to them “I will also ask you one question; then answer Me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things:
Verse 30 – “The baptism of John – was it from heaven or from men? Answer Me.”
Verse 31 – And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?”
Verse 32 – “But if we say, ‘From men’ ” – they feared the people, for all counted John to have been a prophet indeed.
Verse 33 – So they answered and said to Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus answered and said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”
A genuine prophet has authority from heaven. If John was a prophet from God, Jesus was even more so. Unwilling to admit this, they refused to answer Jesus.