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The Unstoppable Promise of the Cross

9th Apr 2017 by Jon March

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Passage

Matthew 21:1-11

The Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem

(Mark 11.1-11; Luke 19.28-40; John 12.12-19)

1As Jesus and his disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to Bethphage at the Mount of Olives. There Jesus sent two of the disciples on ahead2with these instructions: “Go to the village there ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied up with her colt beside her. Untie them and bring them to me.3And if anyone says anything, tell him, ‘The Master needs them’; and then he will let them go at once.”

4This happened in order to make come true what the prophet had said:

5 “Tell the city of Zion,

Look, your king is coming to you!

He is humble and rides on a donkey

and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

6So the disciples went and did what Jesus had told them to do:7they brought the donkey and the colt, threw their cloaks over them, and Jesus got on.8A large crowd of people spread their cloaks on the road while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.9 The crowds walking in front of Jesus and those walking behind began to shout, “Praise to David's Son! God bless him who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise be to God!”

10When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was thrown into an uproar. “Who is he?” the people asked.

11“This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee,” the crowds answered.