We are back in Mark’s gospel this Sunday and we are going to see Jesus at his most provocative. By this stage in his ministry, his claim to be God’s King the Christ was a massive source of political and religious controversy, particularly in the capital city Jerusalem. And so in Mark 11 Jesus adds some fuel to the fire. As he arrived in Jerusalem for the passover festival, he commandeered a donkey, and he rode into Jerusalem on it. Do you get it? Do you see what Jesus was doing? Have a read of this and I think you will understand:
“Shout aloud Jerusalem! Behold your King is coming to you; righteous and having salvation, humble and mounted on a donkey...His rule shall be from sea to sea, from the river to the ends of the earth” (Zechariah 9:9).
That was a promise God had made 500 years earlier to Jerusalem: my King will come to you riding on a donkey. And so that’s just what Jesus did. An unmistakable, public claim to be the King of the world. And I guess that leaves us with one question. How are you going to respond to his claim?