Would You Have Shouted "Hosanna"?
Mark 11:1 - 10
JESUS CHRIST wants to come into your life to contribute constructively to it by cleansing, counseling, and controlling it. There was an historical experience in His life which parallels a spiritual one desirable of your life. God having given you a good imagination, use it to transport yourself back in time to the age of Christ and let's hare in a momentous moment in His life.
The Jewish Passover was approaching. It was a celebration remembering the deliverance by God of Israel from slavery in Egypt. It always occurred on the 15th of Nisan, that is about mid-April for us. All Jews living within 15 miles of Jerusalem were required to attend the celebration. It was so meaningful that all Jews everywhere desired to attend. As it approached it was the talk of the Land. Extensive preparation was made. Roads were repaired, tombs whitewashed, and children instructed regarding the significance of the event.
The Bible says of Jesus, "He set His face to go to Jerusalem" (Luke 9:51) an expression speaking of determination. He knew He was going as a marked man. There was a price on His head. "Now the chief priest and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where Jesus was, he should let them know, so they might arrest Him (John 11:56f).
Mark makes an interesting observation about the approarian Josephius wrote of Jerusalem: "The outward face of the Temple in its front wanted nothing that was likely to surprise either men's minds or their eyes; for it was covered all over with plates or gold of great weight, and, at the first rising of the sun, reflected back a very fiery splendor, and made those who forced themselves to look upon it to turn away their eyes, just as they would have done at the sun's own rays. "Such processions often say, "I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the Lord" (Psalm 122:1). AND "This is the day which the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be gla ...
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