Mark 11: 1-11 Common English Bible (CEB)
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,
“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.
Three Points of Discussion
Quote #1 - Up until now Jesus has cautioned the disciples and others not to say anything publicly about the great works he has done in their presence. Insofar as anyone did understand who he was, they have been warned to say nothing of what they know or have seen. But now, in this week before Passover, Jesus decides to enter Jerusalem with full publicity—to receive the acclaim of the crowds and to appear before the world as if he is fulfilling one of the messianic prophecies. We know, however, that Jesus is not the sort of messiah that the crowds either expect or want. David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor. Feasting on the Word: Year B, Volume 2: Lent through Eastertide (Feasting on the Word: Year B volume) (Kindle Locations 5471-5475). Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. Kindle Edition.
Quote #2 - When Jesus does finally enter the city, he enjoys all the trappings of a great military procession for a triumphant national hero. The whole time, however, Jesus is turning imperial notions of power and rule on their head. His theater is a humorous piece of political satire. In his “triumphal entry” Jesus lampoons the “powers that be” and their pretensions to glory and dominion, and he enacts an alternative to their way of domination. Riding on the colt, his feet possibly dragging on the ground, Jesus comes not as one who lords his authority over others, but as one who humbly rejects domination. David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor. Feasting on the Word: Year B, Volume 2: Lent through Eastertide (Feasting on the Word: Year B volume) (Kindle Locations 5624-5627). Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. Kindle Edition.
Quote #3 - A great philosopher once wrote that to love is to suffer. In many ways God’s love scares me, because it reveals that love is not a longing to seize and hold another person like an object that can be controlled —for an object is not what the other is, and if that is what you love, then you love only yourself. So the correct kind of love for Jesus has to contain a full glimpse of reality as well as endurance through suffering. We are invited into God’s kind of love, which is not sentimental. David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor. Feasting on the Word: Year B, Volume 2: Lent through Eastertide (Feasting on the Word: Year B volume) (Kindle Locations 5533-5536). Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. Kindle Edition.
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