Posted by: Pauline | March 13, 2016

Scripture for Sunday April 20

Mark 11:1-11

While we might imagine a huge crowd lined up to welcome Jesus into Jerusalem, the event may have been witnessed by relatively few of the two hundred thousand or so pilgrims who had also come for the Passover. Any large gathering of crowds would most likely have attracted the attention of the Roman authorities, and there is no indication that they were present in this passage.

Some scholars say that Jesus’ humble procession on a donkey was a deliberate contrast to another procession taking place, possibly that same day, on the other side of the city. Pilate would have entered the city in a show of power designed to remind the Jews of the authority and power of Rome.

Only in retrospect did Jesus’ followers come to fully appreciate the significance of what we call today the “Triumphant Entry.” There was no immediate triumph, only more clashes with the authorities, ending less than a week later with Jesus’ arrest, trial, and execution.

But at the beginning of the next week, there would be a “triumphant exit” from the tomb…

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