• Procuring A Donkey

    Mark 11:1–6

    What happened to Jesus in Jerusalem was not some cosmic accident. Christ is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8). He, with the Father and the Spirit, planned His death and remained sovereign over every ...Read More

  • Jesus Hailed As King

    Mark 11:7–11

    The people on the first Palm Sunday did not understand the nature of Christ’s kingdom or salvation. Nevertheless, they were correct to acclaim the Davidic king as the bringer of salvation. Only Jesus the Messiah can redeem us from all ...Read More

  • The Fruitless Fig Tree

    Mark 11:12–14

    Jesus cursed the fig tree for its fruitlessness, for not living up to what it appeared to be when it had foliage but no figs. That is a warning to all who profess faith in Him. We are to bear ...Read More

  • Looking for Fruit

    Mark 11:12–14

    A fruitless tree is no good at all, and neither is a fruitless disciple. Those who bear no fruit prove that they never had saving faith to begin with, and those who have saving faith demonstrate their trust in Christ ...Read More

  • Judgment on the Temple

    Mark 11:15–17

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary Mark, “The Jews hoped that the Messiah would cleanse the temple of Gentiles, but Jesus cleansed the temple for the Gentiles.” Christ judged the wicked and showed grace to His chosen ...Read More

  • An Assault on God’s Glory

    Mark 11:18–19

    That the first-century Jewish leaders were unprepared for the return of the glory of God to the temple serves as a warning to us. Christ, the glory of God, is coming again in glory to consummate His kingdom (Acts 1 ...Read More

  • Believing Prayer

    Mark 11:20–24

    Dr. R.C. Sproul also comments on today’s passage that praying in faith means being willing to acquiesce to God’s will when He says no to our requests. Faith fuels prayer, but it is not faith in what we ask ...Read More

  • A Condition for Forgiveness

    Mark 11:25

    In a sermon on the parallel to today’s passage in Matthew 6, Augustine of Hippo warns us lest we forgive only with our mouths and not with our hearts. When others ask for our forgiveness, we must not hold a ...Read More

  • The Authority of Jesus

    Mark 11:27–33

    Jesus’ response to the Jewish authorities also reveals His own authority. He had more authority than they did, so He was not compelled to answer them. For the Christian, Christ is the highest authority. Therefore, we submit to His words ...Read More