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Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

11 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’”

4 They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, 5 some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 6 They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. 7 When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. 8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,


“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

Jesus Curses a Fig Tree and Clears the Temple Courts

12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.

15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.

17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”

18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.

19 When evening came, Jesus and his disciples went out of the city.

20 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”

22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” [26]

The Authority of Jesus Questioned

27 They arrived again in Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him. 28 “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?”

29 Jesus replied, “I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 30 John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin? Tell me!”

31 They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 32 But if we say, ‘Of human origin’ …” (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.)

33 So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”

Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”





Andrew Coke

As you read Mark 11, you’ll see that the author broke it down into five different headlines: Christ’s Triumphal entry into Jerusalem, cursing the barren fig tree, Jesus cleanses the temple, the lesson of the withered fig tree, and Jesus’ reply to those who questioned His authority.

Sometime we think of Mark 11 as a faith scripture. I believe this scripture demonstrates who Jesus is. A king coming in power and splendor, exercising His authority, and being praised by His people. I see this as a victory parade over His enemies, because He knew what was to come - He was getting ready to die for the sins of His people and defeat the enemy (Mark 11:7-10 AMP).

The cursing of the fig tree was an example of the Old Testament. Because it had not produced any fruit. In fact, it was used as a tool to keep God’s people in bondage. The Old Testament became a system of abuse which led to ungodliness. There was no expression of God’s freedom. The cleansing of the temple was to illustrate what our Redeemer will do when He comes - Bring us into the New. What were we created to be? - A house that host the presence of God in prayer and worship. The cursing of the fig tree is a lesson to those who reject Christ. Without Him we will wither away. We should never rest in any religion that does not make us fruitful. The life of a christian is about transformation; moving from that which is dead - to that which is alive in Christ.

Jesus uses the lesson of the fig tree to emphasize to His disciples that a person’s confident, abiding faith combined with God’s power can produce absolutely amazing results, if the request is in harmony with God’s will. Remember that God is fully capable of doing that which man may regard as impossible. Therefore, unity produces power and strength. I find that when our heart joins our heavenly father’s in prayer, we can move mountains. This has to be done with a heart that is pure and not one with unforgiveness.

“Let it go.”

  1. What does the cursing of the fig tree means to you?

  2. What is the curse thing that God wants you to let go of in this season?

  3. What is it that He wants to give you in return?





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