read | Mark 11:7–8
“Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and He sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields.”
We live in the city of red carpet entrances. Important people are ushered down aisles of crimson while we all look at them in awe of their fame and notoriety. That’s what I’m reminded of when I read Mark 11:7–8.
But there is a difference that sticks starkly out in the passage. Mark says that “many people spread their cloaks on the road…” as Jesus sat on a colt, making His way into Jerusalem. People took off their own cloaks to spread on the ground before this man that they just knew was important. A simple, yet profound, offering. A willingness to be inconvenienced and lowered, not for the sake of self-righteousness, but because of the honest recognition of the King in their midst which must have resonated with a longing in their souls.
An encounter with the King, with the Messiah, with the Son of God, produces this visceral response. Too often, however, I become so familiar with the idea that Jesus is with me, that I fail to appreciate the person in my midst. I fail to allow the greatness of the Christ wash over my everyday tasks. I fail to marvel at His willingness to journey to the cross.
Take some time today to reflect on the complex mystery of Jesus’ willing Incarnation, and the recognizable love He demonstrates towards us on the road to the cross.
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:6–8
– Clay Collier