Mark 11

Mark 11

Mark 11:7-9 NIV

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

Jesus enters Jerusalem not on a mighty steed as one would expect for a king, but on a colt which be more for a commoner.  The people were still expecting a king like David to rescue them from Roman oppression. Instead, the Son of God humbles himself yet again.

Mark 11:12-14 NIV

[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.

Are you bearing fruit in your life?  James 2:26 NIV

[26] As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

Mark 11:24-25 NIV

[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.”

We must forgive in order to receive forgiveness. Sounds easy but can be incredibly difficult. It is truly incredible when people forgive huge atrocities like the Amish nearby who comforted the mother and wife of the man that shot and killed their young girls. I can barely forgive trivial sometimes even imagined wrongs against me like being cut off while driving.