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A triumphal entry?

April 5, 2009 — Palm Sunday

Mark 11:1–11 / Isaiah 50:4–9a / Psalm 31:9–16 / Philippians 2:5–11

Bible scholar Marcus Borg disputes the idea that Jesus made a triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Instead, he says, Jesus’ parade was an “anti-trumphal” entry, mocking the entry by the Romans on the west side of town. The Romans would have ridden in on warhorses, armor glistening and metal clanking, to reinforce the garrison for Passover crowd control, making quite a show of it in an effort to intimidate.

What happened on the cross when Jesus died? One answer is that Jesus satisfied our debt of sin to God that we could not pay. He was, therefore, our substitute and took our punishment as the one sinless sacrifice qualified to pay for sin. Another interpretation says that Jesus reconciled us to God by revealing the horrible extent of our sins that killed him. He endured the outer extremity of human sin, while forgiving us unto death. In recognizing this, our hearts are changed and come to love God as deeply as Jesus loved us.

 


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