Mark 11: Electric Eve

Mark 11:11 is a verse I never noticed. At the end of the Palm Sunday parade, Jesus enters Jerusalem, goes into the Temple, “and looked around at everything. But since it was already late in the day, he went out to Bethany with the 12 disciples.”

It sounds like he changed his mind because of the time, postponing the money-table-overturning market disruption for the next day because it was too late. Which makes sense. 

But I also know that the night before something big, walking through the venue the night before is an electric experience. You can feel the energy of possibility and expectation. You can visualize what the next day might be like. The eve of the thing can be more of a thrill than the day itself. 

Again, I’m not saying that’s why Mark has Jesus do this. But what would it be like to treat every room you enter as one so filled by possibility that, had you walked through it the night before, you would have felt the electricity all around you?

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