• Procuring A Donkey Devotional

    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 aspect of it even as others were taking His life. Because He was sovereign over His death, we know that it accomplished exactly what He intended it to accomplish—the full and final salvation of His people. View Resource

  • Jesus Hailed As King Devotional

    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 His and our enemies—the world, the flesh, and the devil. We cannot save ourselves. Let us trust Him al this day, and let us proclaim to the world that He is the only Savior. View Resource

  • The Fruitless Fig Tree Devotional

    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 fruit for God’s glory, and if we are not bearing fruit in service to God and neighbor, we must repent and rely on His grace. If we do not, that may be a sign that we are not in His kingdom after all. View Resource

  • Looking for Fruit Devotional

    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 by bearing spiritual fruit (James 2:14–26). As professing Christians, we should be seeking to bear fruit in keeping with repentance, asking God to do what He needs to do in order to make us ever more fruitful. View Resource

  • Judgment on the Temple Devotional

    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 in the very same act. God always shows mercy in the midst of judgment, but only those who trust in Him receive that grace. View Resource

  • An Assault on God’s Glory Devotional

    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 1:6–11). Are you ready for His return, or will He find that you have been an unprofitable servant? View Resource

  • Believing Prayer Devotional

    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 for but faith in the Lord. He alone knows what is best for us, and we trust Him to answer us as He sees fit, for His answer is ultimately for our good and His glory (Rom. 8:28). View Resource

  • A Condition for Forgiveness Devotional

    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 grudge even though we may say we have forgiven them. As always, God is most concerned with our hearts, and our forgiving hearts indicate that we have seen our sin and have truly cast ourselves on the Lord’s mercy. View Resource

  • The Authority of Jesus Devotional

    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, namely, all of Scripture, as our highest authority. View Resource