MARK Chapter 11:1-14

Vs. 1-6

Jesus leads his followers down to Jerusalem and arrives near to Bethpage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives.

Here he demonstrates His foreknowledge through His instruction to two of His Disciples.

Christ doesn’t hire a donkey, nor does He buy one, He borrows it.  Christ’s  need teaches us His humility and his relative poverty.

Found at a cross-road.  People generally find Christ at a cross-road in life!

Vs. 7-10

These were people of low estate, the rich and pious religious people would not have dirtied their clothes.  The rich because their clothes were expensive, the pious because they didn’t want to be contaminated by having dirt on them or by having a donkey walk all over them!

Christ goes openly into Jerusalem knowing full well what awaited Him in a few days time.  He did not sneak in,  or enter quietly, rather in a blaze of publicity.
(Zechariah 9:9)

The crowds crying out Hosanah (Hebrew: Hoshanah, meaning “Save us Now”).  They were confessing Him as their Messiah and King, the one who would bring about the restoration of David’s throne (Isaiah 9:6-7 & 16:1-5)

These same lips that cried out for Him to save them would soon be calling out for His crucifixion.

Vs. 11

Upon entering Jerusalem Christ goes straight to the temple.  He took time to observe all that was happening.  He remained quiet and did nothing, though we know that He was grieved by what was happening. (Psalm 50:21)

Vs. 12-14

Stayed the night in Bethany, probably with Mary, Martha and Lazarus.  The following morning left early and without breakfast for He was hungry.  Christ was fully human with all the weaknesses and infirmities that this entailed.  (Hebrews 4:15)

Came to the fig tree hoping to find fruit but just a show of leaves.  This was a true fig tree but at the time of His visitation He found it wanting.  There was no fruit.  Churches and individuals can also show the outward signs of being Christian yet at the time of Christ’s visitation are found lacking and without the fruit that He desires. (Genesis 3:7–Adam and Eve tried to cover their nakedness with fig leaves) (Hosea 2:12–The danger of thinking that outward signs of life equates with fruitfulness for God)

He curses the tree for being fruitless. (John 15:1-8)

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