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The Coming of Jesus (47 of 70)
Series: Mark - God's Word for Today
Jesus was coming to town! The word was out, excitement was building, and the crowd was gathering! This carpenter from Nazareth, this young Rabbi, and this man who reportedly 'raised Lazarus from the dead, is on His way. The swelling crowd of Passover is buzzing!!
This story is frequently known as the ''triumphal entry.'' This day marks the beginning of the last week of the life of our Lord Jesus. This event serves as a change of philosophy for Jesus as for the first time, HE begins to bring attention to himself. The lessons we learn from this event are unending. Let us take a look at this day, at this event, and at this time, and see what the Lord is teaching us through the study because just as surely as He ''CAME'' in Jerusalem, He will COME!
EVERYBODY LOVES A PARADE
Our Scripture begins with the words ''when they drew near to Jerusalem''. This serves to remind us that Jesus had set his face toward Jerusalem. Being in Jerusalem was not a new thing for Jesus, HE had been there many times before, but this time was different. For almost 3 years He had healed the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, given sight to the blind, and the made the lame to walk; and almost without fail, HE told people not to say a word. It was almost like he was trying to remain anonymous. However, on this day HE was going public. Why did he do this? There many reasons, but the main one was and is to fulfill the scriptural prophecy and to fulfill the divine plan of God. This is why HE came. It was the purpose of His earthly life. It was this event which started a chain reaction that ultimately led to his crucifixion by week's end.
We call this ''the triumphal entry''. Quite likely, this name was taken from the ''Roman Rulers'' who were considered ''Triumphs'' when they return from war. Generally, this would happen when a general would go off to war, lead the Army in a successful ...
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