There is no second guessing Jesus’ identity in Mark 11:1-11. The Messiah has come and Jesus’ actions, namely His mode of transportation, a young donkey, in fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9, and the response of the people (with the spreading of cloaks and leafy branches and their cries of Hosanna) make this blatantly clear! The hopes and dreams of God’s people are coming to fulfillment, during Passover celebration no less, and yet the people may not like Jesus’ response to their cries for salvation (Hosanna). Rather than unsheathing the sword to lead a mighty battle against Rome, Jesus has His eyes fixed on the Cross—the place of true battle against the greater enemies of sin, death and evil! Jesus, as the Messiah, had come to save, and that salvation would come at a very high cost—His life! Jesus would die, as He had predicted numerous times already, to bring us back to God! His resurrection from the dead would validate His saving work! As we share this good news with others, let’s pray for the Lord to open their eyes to see their greatest need, forgiveness of sin. Let’s further pray for the Lord to move them to cry out, “Save me now!” He will! It’s why He came! That’s the mission of our King, and it’s the mission we embrace when we give our allegiance to Jesus!