The Triumphal Entry
Read Mark 11:1-11
The triumphal entry. A day full of excitement. Jesus is entering Jerusalem for the 3rd and final time. The worshipers line the street to usher in a conquering king. They have done this before with King Jehu (2 Kings 9:13). The expectations were through the roof. The people firmly believed that Jesus was going to ride into Jerusalem on his gentle donkey (Zechariah 9:9) and kick out the Roman soldiers and then take his seat on the throne in Jerusalem. They could not have been more disappointed. Read verse 11 again! What a let down!!!
The people on this day worshiped Jesus for what they thought he might do. Have you ever done this?
Is there an expectation you have of God that he has yet to fulfill in your life?
What are the hardest kingdom expectations for you to follow? i.e. The first shall be last and the last shall be first. If you want to save you life lose it. Jesus makes his kingdom expectations clear. He came to serve, to die, and to give his life as a ransom for many. He asked similar things from us and will “bless” us in ways that enable us to live in his kingdom.
How do these kingdom expectations set us up for disappointment when we see God incorrectly?
Do you worship God simply because he is God and is worthy of all worship and praise or do you worship him for what he can give you?
Will you worship him even if you feel he has let you down?
Do you trust that when you seem disappointed, God is actually working for your good?
From our text today. The people were disappointed but Jesus was actually following a better plan that took him to a cross to pay for the sins of all mankind... Much better than and earthly king.
Worship God because he is God!!!!