“. . . Go into the village opposite you, . . .” Mark 11:2
Jesus here is a study in contrast. There is insight on which to contemplate.
Jesus, during His three years of ministry, kept Himself from public notice, often praying in remote parts of His hometown and regularly withdrawing into the desert. Now here in these verses, He steps out of His private life and, by His own choice, calls attention to Himself.
He deliberately makes a public entry into Jerusalem with His disciples following behind Him. He rides into the holy city surrounded by a multitude shouting “Hosanna!” All this was done at a time when Jerusalem was jammed packed with people from everywhere and who gathered to keep the Passover.
Jesus is a pauper King, who, having nothing, possesses all things. This is the paradox of the life of Jesus Christ on this earth. Though He was rich, for our sakes, He became poor. Yet being the owner of all things, He depended on others for food, preached in a borrowed boat, resided in another’s house to sleep.
When reading the gospels it’s hard to miss the opposites. He could feed the thousands with a few loaves, but Himself was sometimes hungry. He could heal the sick, but was Himself sometimes weary. With a single word, He could drive out demons, but He was tempted in all things. He could raise the dead, but He Himself would submit to die.
The contrast of opposites is here in Mark 11. He could influence a crowd to usher Him into Jerusalem in triumph, but at the same time, we see His poverty in having to borrow a donkey to carry Him when He made His triumphant entry.
Jesus was wrapped in a borrowed shroud. His crucified body was laid in a borrowed tomb from which He rose as the Lord of the dead and living forever.
All the contrasts matter. They are there to remind us He is both divine and human. If we see only His divine work, we could forget His humanity. If we saw only His humanity, we might forget He’s God.
Take comfort, He’s both able to sympathize because He’s human, but mighty to save because He’s God.