by Nelson Price

How Would You Have Been Cast in the Palm Sunday Drama?
Nelson Price
Mark 11:1-10

JESUS CHRIST was about to walk across history's stage for the last time. Having spent the night with friends in Bethany, He prepared to go to Jerusalem.

Use your ingenious imagination and come visit the scene. I had the joy of being there just days ago. Bethany is on the eastern slopes of the Mount of Olives. It was and is a small village.

The name Bethany meant ''house of the miserable'' or ''house of the poor.'' Christ relates to all classes. He had dinner with the rich man Zacchaeus just days before.

History has preserved for us an interesting fact. When pilgrims came to Jerusalem for great celebrations, each region had an area around Jerusalem where they traditionally camped. People from the Galilee camped on the south end of the mountain ridge known as the Mount of Olives. To get from Bethany to Jerusalem, Jesus would have to move through the camp of the Galileans.

These were the people from the territory where He spent most of His earthly life; where He was known best.

Dr. Luke expressed Christ's uncompromising commitment to go to Jerusalem at this time by saying Christ ''set His face'' to go.

That was an idiom acknowledging resolute determination.

Let's look at the events and characters involved in Christ's visit to Jerusalem. If that dramatic event were to be recast today, what role would you have played? In answering, considerthis observation by modern therapist and counselor, Carl Rogers. He spoke of living a ''congruent life.'' By that he meant a life in which beliefs and behavior agree. That is, what one really believes is the same as conduct. In that light let your answer to the matter of casting come from your conduct and not just a casual comment.

Approximately one-third of the Gospel record is taken up with the last eight days of Christ's life. Our text in Mark deals with those days in which Christ manifested Himself as the Messiah-King. I ...

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