Mark 11:1-11: His Majesty
“As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, 2 saying to them, ‘Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3 If anyone asks you, “Why are you doing this?” say, “The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.”’ 4 They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, 5 some people standing there asked, ‘What are you doing, untying that colt?’ 6 They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. 7 When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. 8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, ‘Hosanna! ’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ 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.” NIV
I was talking about this passage with my wife Jilly. Her first observation concerned the authority Jesus carried, that He would tell these men to do something rather strange, and they just did it. Did it without question, it appears.
That also caused me to think about the authority of Jesus that He could sit on this ‘’colt’’ which had never had a rider before, and it just let Him. Don’t miss the significance of that. I feel it’s as great as Jesus walking on water or stilling the storm. The Jesus we see here is a Magisterial figure. The people wanted their King to come to them, but, as it turned out, they didn’t particularly want this King. Many of them didn’t.
A further thought Jilly had pertains to verse 6: ‘’They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go.’’ Jilly said, ‘This shows the power of Jesus’ Word. It does indeed. It shows that the Word of the Lord solved any potential problem, and released the animal for the fulfilling of God’s purpose.
As disciples of Jesus, we are called to ‘untie knots’ (4). But some people won’t understand what we are doing; won’t necessarily like what we’re about (5). Let us preach to them the Word of Jesus (6), as He has told us to (3). The key to the furthering of God’s purposes lies in faithfulness to that Word.