DAY 23: Mark 11.1-14

As Jesus and his disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. “Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks, ‘What are you doing?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it and will return it soon.’” 

It’s amazing that Jesus knew this donkey would be there and that it had never been ridden. Jesus knows everything about us too! He knows where we are, where we have been, what we have done and what we haven’t done! We can’t hide anything from Him, He even knows our thoughts and feelings.

The two disciples left and found the colt standing in the street, tied outside the front door. As they were untying it, some bystanders demanded, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They said what Jesus had told them to say, and they were permitted to take it. 

The two disciples that went to get the donkey must have been a bit concerned they would be accused of stealing the donkey! But as well as knowing everything about the donkey, Jesus also knew what they should say to make things okay. Jesus knows how to help us in difficult situations too: He can help us to act and react in the right way as we seek to be more like Him in our speech, actions and attitudes.

Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it, and he sat on it. Many in the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others spread leafy branches they had cut in the fields. Jesus was in the centre of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, “Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessings on the coming Kingdom of our ancestor David! Praise God in highest heaven!”

This event has very mixed imagery. The picture is like that of a victorious king riding into his city, but if that is all it was then Jesus should have been arriving on a strong horse not a young donkey! Jesus was on a much more humble creature, so the image instead is that of a powerful victorious king, but that His power and victory came through humility and the act of serving us. Jesus is a servant king.

So Jesus came to Jerusalem and went into the Temple. After looking around carefully at everything, he left because it was late in the afternoon. Then he returned to Bethany with the twelve disciples. The next morning as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. He noticed a fig tree in full leaf a little way off, so he went over to see if he could find any figs. But there were only leaves because it was too early in the season for fruit. Then Jesus said to the tree, “May no one ever eat your fruit again!” And the disciples heard him say it. 

Jesus came down from heaven and fully become a human being, with feelings and needs just like we have: He wasn’t a spiritual being just pretending to be a human! We must never think that God doesn’t understand what it’s really like for us. He always understands everything, and it’s easy for us to believe that He really knows what it’s like, because Jesus actually experienced the life of a human on earth. When we pray and talk to Jesus we can be confident that He knows and understands.

Prayer suggestions: 

  • Ask Jesus to help you to remember that you can’t hide anything from Him
  • Ask Jesus to help you to act and react more like He would in every situation you find yourself in today
  • Thank Jesus that He understands what it is like here on earth and that He is able to help you to cope

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