16 Days with Mark: Chapter 11
Gospel of Mark: Day 11
Jesus' Entry into Jerusalem
Jesus Curses the Fig Tree
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
The Lesson from the Withered Fig Tree
Jesus' Authority Questioned
Journaling Questions for Reflection
"Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is coming! Hosanna in the highest (Mark 11:9-10)!" How do I greet Jesus in my prayer? With complaint? With trepidation? With palm branches and celebration?
And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if He could find anything on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs (Mark 11:13). What kind of fruit is my life producing? Am I in a season of fruitfulness or am I feeling barren? Why? What needs to be pruned in my life in order to foster growth? What comforts me in seasons of barrenness?
And they came to Jerusalem. And He entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and He overturned the tables of the money-changes and the seats of those who sold pigeons; and He would not allow any one to carry anything through the temple (Mark 11:15-16). What does Jesus need to ransack in the temple of my heart? Where do I have unhealthy attachments to material possessions? Where have I made worship or my spiritual life more about me than about Jesus? How can I simplify my life?
Jesus answered them, "Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe and you receive it, and you will. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against any one; so that your Father also who is heaven may forgive you your trespasses (Mark 11:22-25). Do I believe the Lord wants good things for me? How do I know? Who do I need to forgive? Where do I need to seek forgiveness? What prayers am I most desperate for the Lord to ask? Can I say "thy will be done" and accept His will?
Day 11 Challenge:
Reflecting further on v. 9-10, spend 5 minutes in prayer just praising the Lord.