The Triumphal Entry

The Triumphal Entry

The Triumphal Entry
Mark 11:1-18


This week marks the beginning of what has come to be known as “Holy Week.”  Sunday we will celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  To shouts of “Hosanna” and to proclamations of His Kingship, Jesus rode a donkey into the city.  In Sunday’s message,  we will look at Mark’s telling of the Triumphal Entry.  In verses 1-18, what seems like a description of disparate events, is actually a telling description of the Israelite’s rejection of Jesus even as He accomplishes God’s plan for redemption of all of mankind.

Mark 11:1-18 (NASB)

As they *approached Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, He *sent two of His disciples, and *said to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ you say, ‘The Lord has need of it’; and immediately he will send it back here.” They went away and found a colt tied at the door, outside in the street; and they *untied it. Some of the bystanders were saying to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” They spoke to them just as Jesus had told them, and they gave them permission. They *brought the colt to Jesus and put their coats on it; and He sat on it. And many spread their coats in the road, and others spread leafy branches which they had cut from the fields. Those who went in front and those who followed were shouting:

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord;
Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David;
Hosanna in the highest!”

Jesus entered Jerusalem and came into the temple; and after looking around at everything, He left for Bethany with the twelve, since it was already late.

On the next day, when they had left Bethany, He became hungry. Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if perhaps He would find anything on it; and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” And His disciples were listening.

Then they *came to Jerusalem. And He entered the temple and began to drive out those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves; and He would not permit anyone to carry merchandise through the temple. And He began to teach and say to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a robbers’ den.” The chief priests and the scribes heard this, and began seeking how to destroy Him; for they were afraid of Him, for the whole crowd was astonished at His teaching.

Basic Outline for Sunday’s Message

The Triumphal Entry
Mark 11:1-18

  • The King Enters the City
    • Conscripted for His Service (1-6)
    • Adoration and Proclamation (7-10)
  • The King Examines His People
    • A Secret Inspection (11)
    • A Fitting Symbol (12-14)
    • A Public Rebuke (15-18)
  • The King Enrages the Religious
    • Religious People Hear Jesus (18a)
    • Religious People Seek Jesus’ Destruction (18b)
    • Religious People Fear Man (18c)


Study Questions

  1. Why were the people shouting “Hosanna” as Jesus rode into Jerusalem atop the donkey?
  2. In verse 11, why do you think Jesus simply came and looked at the temple and left?
  3. Why was Jesus angry at the fig tree that did not have figs when it was not the season for figs?
  4. What does it mean for the church to be called a “House of Prayer”?

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