Mark 11:8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields.
You may have seen awards shows on TV where they have a “red carpet.” Celebrates parade down them often waving to fans in bleacher seats erected for the occasion. There is generally a station where interviews are conducted and we hear all about the dress or outfit the star is wearing that evening. The crowd along the route from the Mt. of Olives to the Temple in Jerusalem which Jesus rode down on Palm Sunday didn’t have a red carpet. So, they improvised. I can just imagine some mother complaining to her child when they returned home that evening, “What happened to your brand-new cloak! It looks like a donkey walked all over it!” There was a lot going on during this two-mile trek to the Temple, but one aspect was the excitement of the crowd. Here was someone special. They wanted to be part of it all so they spread their clothes and whatever branch they had in their hands. They gave what they had to greet this most important person. What do you have to give in celebration this year? What about Jesus excites you?