Mark 11

ACTIONS UPON ARRIVAL

#11 of 16 THE ACTION GOSPEL

THINK ABOUT IT!

  Why is Palm Sunday a significant day to remember?

  What was the atmosphere of Palm Sunday? Why is that atmosphere ironic?

  What practical lessons can we learn from Palm Sunday?

 

In Mark 11 we see Jesus' "triumphant" entry into Jerusalem and some of the activities that followed.

I. THE TRIP - Vss. 1-11

 

A. INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING TRANSPORTATION - Vss. 1-3

B.     SECURING THE COLT - Vss. 4-7

D.    WORSHIP OF THE KING - Vss. 8-10

  1. With clothing - Vs. 8
  2. With labor - Vs. 9
  3. With Voice - Vss. 10-11

E.     ENTRANCE INTO JERUSALEM - Vs. 11

 

        The Lord "had need of the colt". Does He have need of us? How? Why?

        Jesus was given a Messianic welcome into Jerusalem. What was the crowd probably expecting of Jesus? Why was the crowd quick to turn on Him in a few short days?

        What was Jesus looking for in verse 11?

        Does Jesus examine his church today? How should this challenge us?

II. THE TREE - Vss. 12-14, 20-26

 

A. DISCOVERY AND PROCLAMATION - Vss. 12-14

B. THE DEAD TREE - Vss. 20-21

B.     SPIRITUAL LESSONS - Vss. 22-26

  1. Faith - Vss. 22-23
  2. Prayer - Vs. 24
  3. Forgiveness - Vss. 25-26

 

      Was Jesus wrong to curse the fig tree?

      Although it was early for figs, leaves and figs arrive around the same time. If it was full of leaves, there should have been figs.

      How was the nation Israel like the fig tree? Has Israel in any sense been cursed for her actions?

      The disciples were amazed at the speedy withering of the fig tree. How does Jesus' statement of verse 22 incriminate the disciples and us? Hebrews 11:6

      It is easy to make great statements of faith. Why is it hard to maintain faith after making great statements? Verse 23, Hebrews 11:6

      What does verse 24 tell us about our prayers lives?

      What does verse 24 tells us about the prayer life of our church?

      Because of where these verses appear in the text, what can we can conclude about unforgiveness and prayer?

III. THE TRADERS - Vss. 15-19

A. ACTION BY JESUS - Vss. 15-16

B.     TEACHING BY JESUS - Vs. 17

C.    RESPONSE OF JESUS - Vss. 18-19

 

         This event took place in the "Court of the Gentiles". This is where purchases could be made for temple worship. The family of the high priest ran the concessions.

         How was dealing in the temple similar to going to a Pirates or Steelers game?

         Carrying things through the temple could very well pollute it. How does this apply to us today?

         Is the church to be a "house of prayer" like the temple?

         Why is such little emphasis placed on corporate prayer today?

         We know how a liberal church can be a "den of thieves" with its sales and games. How can a fundamental church become a "den of thieves"?

         Why did the leadership want to destroy Jesus? What stopped them?

IV. THE TEST - Vss. 27-33

 

A.    QUESTION OF AUTHORITY - Vss. 27-28

B.     QUESTION CONCERNING JOHN - Vss. 29-30

C.    QUANDARY OF THE LEADERS - Vs. 31-32

D.    TRIUMPH OF JESUS - Vs. 33

 

      What right did the leaders have to question Jesus?

      What right did Jesus have to do what He did? His right was superior.

      The questioning of Jesus revealed the key problem that the leaders had. What was it?

      What did the authority of John have to do with Jesus' authority?

      Why did Jesus' question about John silence the leaders?