Jesus Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem - March 28, 2021

Bible Study “Jesus Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem”

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In the first four Sundays of Lent, Mark, brilliantly expresses and reveals the preparation Jesus experienced. During the next Sunday Mark adds shimmering lights on Jesus’ ministry before we read about the Crucifixion, where we watch, from wherever we are, what Jesus must go through in order to give us Easter. These six scenarios invite us to take a closer look at the choices we are making in our lives and what we might choose to discard, correct, or add.

 

Opening Prayer: Thank you, God, for Jesus who did what you asked him to do. Help us to do what we need to do to follow Jesus. Amen.

 

Palm Sunday commemorates the entrance of Christ into Jerusalem, when palm branches were placed in his path, before his arrest on Holy Thursday and his crucifixion on Good Friday. It thus marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent.

People were praising God for giving them a king but had the wrong idea about Jesus.  They expected their Messiah to be a great political and military leader who would free them from the tyranny of the Roman Empire.  They were deaf to the words of their prophets and blind to Jesus real mission.   Jesus once again tried to prepare His disciples for the reality of what was soon to take place.

 

Please open your Bibles to Mark 1:1-11 and read or read the scriptures below. 

Mark 1:1-11

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![a]

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[b]

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.

 

Map: Mark 11 Bethphange, Bethany and Jerusalem

 

Reflection Questions:

  1. Why would Jesus tell the disciples to take the colt?
  2. Were the owners willing for them to take it?
  3. Why did Jesus enter Jerusalem on a colt? What was the significance of a colt on which no one had sat before?
  4. How did Jesus refer to Himself in 11:3?
  5. What is the significance of Jesus entering Jerusalem like this?
  6. How did the crowds react?
  7. What is the significance of palm branches?
  8. What does “Hosanna” mean?

Find the answer to the questions below:

  • He gave them tasks so that they could be involved. This helped them learn that following Jesus is not a passive job of sitting and listening too and watching Jesus all the time. It is instead an active job which requires serving by doing.
  • The animal portrays meekness and humility. Jesus wasn’t coming to conquer but to offer peace.
  • It was a way to show their respect of and submission to Jesus
  • It is a Christianized form of the Hebrew word Hoshana (הושענה). It is a contraction of the words “save” and “please”
  • Their enthusiasm brimmed over as the joy and excitement of the moment infected the crowds spontaneously.
  • He offered what he had with an open hand.
  • Jesus’ purpose in riding into Jerusalem was to make public His claim to be their Messiah and King of Israel in fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy.
  • Lord

 

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Videos (Click on the words or url)

Mark 11:1-10 Jesus’ Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYiR1RT5kB8

English KJV The Gospel of Mark 11:1-14 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGqTGWkuBlA

Song: Hosanna – A Palm Sunday Song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YApEIjvE6S4

Activities:

Crossword Puzzle:   Answer to Crossword Puzzle:

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Word Scramble:    Answer to Word Scramble

Word Search: https://thewordsearch.com/puzzle/2177110/jesus-triumphal-entry-into-jerusalem/

Journal Page:  Print the attached Adult or Child Journal Page and write your thoughts on what Jesus has done for you.

 

Prayer:  Father, we are sometimes quick to say, "Jesus is Lord," but slow to show it in our lives. Help us to be faithful followers. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.