Mark 11:1-11 (NIV) 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.
Coronation Part 1 Have you ever watched a coronation? A coronation is a ceremony in which a sovereign, a king or queen, is crowned. Recently I’ve been watching a show on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) called Victoria, which tells the story of Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1819-1901), showing how the life of the crown is not all glamour and luxury. In this show, there is one episode where Queen Victoria is crowned at her coronation. If you haven’t seen an English coronation, stop what you’re doing and look it up on YouTube right now. After you have done this, you will see how a coronation of such splendor beats most weddings when it comes to beauty, majestic-ness, and pure piety. Perhaps even a rousing “God, Save the Queen” was heard. Look at Jesus’ coronation here in Mark 11. It is unlike any coronation in history. There is no pomp, no splendor, no majestic-ness. This is the coronation of our King. Jesus made his way to Jerusalem on a donkey, surrounded by people screaming, save us now! As we begin this week leading up to Easter, are you able to say, “Jesus, save me now”? This is the greatest week ever because of what Jesus did for us. As you take time each day to read these world-changing events, read the verses carefully and slowly, remembering to pray, “Jesus, save me.”