Gospel of Mark | A Grand Parade | Mark 11.4-11 | movementministriesblog.com

by | Apr 26, 2024

“They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?”They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna![a]” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[b] 10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” 11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.” Mark 11.4-11

As a child, I fondly remember waking up early on Thanksgiving morning to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. It was spectacular, with one impressive float after another. The excitement never failed to captivate me.

When I reflect on the Triumphal Entry, it feels like a Middle Eastern version of the Macy’s Day Parade! Though perhaps not as long, the sheer excitement and the hundreds, if not thousands, of people welcoming the Messiah must have been incredible. Picture the scene: people lining the road with palm branches and coats, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Afterward, Jesus headed to the Temple. While some accounts mention him overturning money tables, Mark’s gospel portrays Jesus casually observing everything before retiring with the twelve to the house in Bethany where he was staying.

Despite being the center of attention, Jesus’ focus was on the Father and fulfilling His will for the Kingdom and humanity. While the people celebrated Him, Jesus sought communion with God. It makes me wonder about the silent prayers Jesus offered at the Temple.

This reflection prompts me to evaluate my own motivations in life and ministry. Am I wholly devoted to serving God and offering Him worship, or does my ego sometimes derail my intentions? Am I willing to endure suffering and sacrifice for the Gospel’s sake, like Jesus? Do I prioritize God’s purposes above my own?

Though I admit I’m not there yet, I aspire to such purity of heart and dedication. I desire to serve God without reservation, even if it means sacrificing time, resources, or comfort. I long to be completely devoted to His cause and His plan for redeeming humanity.

“O Lord, today, when my desires surpass my actions, I pray for strength and the filling of the Holy Spirit. Help me obey You with my whole being and count the cost of following Christ. Take control, guide me, and lead me in Your righteous path. For Your goodness endures forever.” Amen.