by Nelson Price

Palm Sunday: Tragedy or Triumph?
Nelson Price
Mark 11:1-10

(PAGE 1481 COME ALIVE BIBLE) JESUS CHRIST wants to share His eternal victory with you. An event that occurred on His last Sunday in Jerusalem illustrates this.

The sun was rising rapidly. It was beginning to shoot its golden arrows across the horizon to gild the sky and curtain off the dawn that would bring a new day to the history-filled city of Jerusalem. This is the festive season of Passover. The old city was filled with pilgrims, visitors, and travelers who had come from many countries to share in the feast. Secular census records indicate there were at least 2,500,000 people in Jerusalem for the event. An exciting rumor spread through the city: ''Jesus Christ is coming!''

Behind Him were His sermons; ahead, His suffering.
Behind Him were His parables; ahead, His passion.
Behind Him were His suppers of fellowship; ahead, His last supper of betrayal.
Behind Him the delights of Galilee; ahead, dark Gethsemane.
Prophecy was now to become practice.

Let's set the stage and mentally walk through the actual event before applying it.

Jesus had spent the night at the home of friends in Bethany on the opposite side of the Mount of Olives from Jerusalem. The two were no more than three miles apart.

Historians tell us that traditionally persons from various regions all had their special area around Jerusalem where they camped for feast days. The south end of the Mount of Olives had for years been the camping grounds of people from Galilee. These were the unsophisticated and unspoiled people of the area where Jesus spent most of His time and performed most of His miracles. They knew Him best. On several occasions they had tried to make Him a king (John 6:15). Mark 12:37 says of them, ''The common people heard Him gladly.''

In the city of Jerusalem were the wealthy and superficially religious leaders. Jesus had antagonized them by referring to the ''scribes and Pharisees'' as '' ...

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