Sunday Sermon Quotes: "The Triumphal Entry"

“Every schoolboy is supposed to know Julius Caesar’s famous words before he crossed the River Rubicon, ‘The die is cast.' It means that a point of no return has been reached. This was true now for Jesus. There was no turning back. Now his last days had arrived; the climactic activity of his life was about to begin.” Sinclair Ferguson

“At this time it is apparent only Jesus knew the messianic significance of his action.” William Lane

“He looks around the center of Jewish religious life to see if it is fulfilling its purpose of leading people to true worship of God.” ESV Study Bible

“What happens the next morning will not be a spontaneous act of outrage but a planned demonstration. Planned for prime time and maximum exposure, it was a ‘demonstration’ calculated to interrupt business as usual and bring the nearness of God’s reign abruptly, forcefully, to the attention of all.” R.T. France

“It is evident that it is a scene in the earthly life of Jesus, which Christians are intended to study with special intention. Let us study it in that spirit, and see what practical lessons we may learn from the passage for our own souls.” J.C. Ryle

“Mark’s account is noteworthy for what does not happen. The whole scene comes to nothing…Mark is warning against mistaking enthusiasm for faith and popularity for discipleship.” James Edwards

“Discipleship means following the man on the donkey all the way.” Donald English

“…he was aiming to be noticed.” R.T. France

“Let us observe how public our Lord purposefully made the last act of his life. He came to Jerusalem to die, and desired that all Jerusalem should know it. When he taught the deep things of the Spirit, he often spoke to none but his apostles. When he delivered his parables, he often addressed none but a multitude of poor and ignorant Galileans. When he worked his miracles, he was generally at Capernaum. But when the time came that he should die, he made a public entry in Jerusalem. He drew the attention of rulers, and priests, and elders, and scribes, and Greeks, and Romans to himself. He knew that the most wonderful event that ever happened in this world was about to take place. The eternal Son of God was about to suffer in the stead of sinful men-the great sacrifice for sin about to be offered up. He therefore ordered it so that his death was eminently a public death.” J.C. Ryle