Jesus Enters Jerusalem

Mark provides a series of parables in chronological order matched to the overall story of the Bible. This story deals with Jesus entry into Jerusalem at the end of the age.

The Story

1As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, 2saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3If anyone asks you, `Why are you doing this?' tell him, `The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.'" Mark 11:1-34They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, 5some people standing there asked, "What are you doing, untying that colt?" 6They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. 7When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. 8Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, "Hosanna!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" 10"Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!" "Hosanna in the highest!" Mark 11:4-1011Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve. Mark 11:11 (Mark 11:1-11 NIV)


Jesus has been giving parables in order about key events in history. They are not timed, but they are in order. In this parable Jesus enters into the city and then into the Temple. This is also the start of Passion Week which is itself an entire system of prophetic events dealing with the end of the age.