Mark 11. Forum Discussion

The triumphal entry of Jesus

Chapter 11 begins with Jesus making what is referred to as His, “Triumphal Entry.” Have you ever wondered why it is called, “Triumphant” when such a brutal killing of our Savior was about to take place? It is because Jesus saw God’s plan all the way through, despite enormous personal suffering and excruciating pain.

Just before they entered Jerusalem, Mark records how Jesus was telling His disciples about what was going to happen to Him. “They were on the road going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking on ahead of them; and they were amazed, and those who followed were fearful. And again He took the twelve aside and began to tell them what was going to happen to Him, saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles.  They will mock Him and spit on Him, and scourge Him and kill Him, and three days later He will rise again.” – Mark 10:32-34. We can assume that Jesus was under tremendous stress as He led His disciples into Jerusalem knowing full well what lied ahead of Him.

As He is riding into Jerusalem, people were spreading their coats before Him, and others spread leafy branches which they had cut from the fields. This was done out of reverence for Jesus. For today’s study, think about how this must have looked and felt to Jesus. He is riding on the back of a donkey which He knew fulfilled the scriptures that prophesied about this day. The painful crucifixion that awaited Him must have been on His mind. Visualize the crowds lining the streets and spreading their coats and branches in front of them. Think about how every branch and every coat that Jesus saw reminded Him of what He came to Jerusalem to do.

When they finally got to Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple and instead of seeing people praying, He sees people buying and selling. Jesus overturned the tables of the money changers, and the seats of those who were selling doves. Perhaps Jesus reacted stronger than He otherwise would have based on the extreme stress that He was under? In the end it doesn’t really matter, what is helpful is trying to get to know our Savior better so that we can better appreciate just how much He endured for our sins. It helps us to love Jesus even more. Amen


It is also "triumphal" because Jesus showed that he was Lord over everything, even death.


Don't get what "Triumphal Entry" is mean…