The Triumphant Entrance, The Temple and The Tree: The only way to get all we long for, desire and crave is to identify, turn over, curse, abandon and leave for dead all other fruitless and incomplete ways and trust in another way.
Jesus is On Mission to the cross. He has a following which is customary for teachers. Those following Jesus were so focused on learning they were quick to tell outsiders to “SHUT UP” so that they could hear Jesus better for their own selfish goals. Rather if they were aligned with the God-Man-Jesus they would care about what he cares about first; other people. Bringing other people into relationship with HIMSELF (His Bride) was Jesus legacy and the great commission he gave the church leaders after his ascension.
In order to be great you must become least. A servant of all to all. The position of the greatest in the kingdom has been filled by Jesus. He lived to serve, not to be served. The goal as disciples is not to be GREAT but to emulate Jesus the great in being a servant of all to all.
Jesus came not to be served, but to die. He was born to die. He came to give his life as a ransom for many.
(Mark 10:17-31) A rich man has a difficult encounter with Jesus. He learns that Jesus’ kingdom does not operate like any other kingdom.