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Mark 11 - NIV

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

1 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!”[b]


“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’[c] ? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’[d]

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[e] 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[f] 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 -26 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.[g]

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.”


a. Mark 11:9 Psalm 118:25,26
b. Mark 11:9 A Hebrew expression meaning “Save!” which became an exclamation of praise; also in verse 10
c. Mark 11:17 Jer. 7:11
d. Mark 11:17 Isaiah 56:7
e. Mark 11:19 Some early manuscripts came, Jesus
f. Mark 11:23 Some early manuscripts “If you have faith in God,” Jesus answered, “truly
g. Mark 11:25 Some manuscripts include here words similar to Matt. 6:15.

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Claude Alexander avatar
The Barren Temple
Shared by: Claude Alexander on Jan, 2017
Summary: The fruitless fig tree and its meaning.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Mark 11:12-24
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 182
Eugene Pansler Jr avatar
How Do You Maintain A God-like Faith?
Shared by: Eugene Pansler Jr on Jan, 2017
Summary: how do you maintain a God-like faith
Scripture: Mark 11:22-23
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 38
Mark H. Stevens ThD avatar
The Miracle of Forgiveness
Shared by: Mark H. Stevens ThD on Jan, 2017
Summary: They say "To err is human and to forgive divine"...a lot of truth in this statement. It really takes the power of The Lord to help us truly forgive one another.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Mark 11:25
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 66
Pastor Ricky A. Rohrig Sr. avatar
Rejoicing in His Righteousness
Shared by: Pastor Ricky A. Rohrig Sr. on Aug, 2016
Summary: Palm Sunday message from the book of Mark
Scripture: Mark 11:1-11
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 99
Perry Greene avatar
A Power House
Shared by: Perry Greene on Aug, 2016
Summary: This lesson is inspired by Jim Cymbala's "My House Shall Be Called a House of Prayer." Just as the Temple was a place of prayer, the new temple, the church, should be as well.
Charlie Roberts avatar
When the Mountain Won't Move...
Shared by: Charlie Roberts on Jun, 2016
Summary: The problem is, when we hear the word mountain, we immediately relate it to our own capabilities. And we begin to think literally about how much dynamite and explosives it would take to move "our heaven and earth" size of dilemma, or mountain!
bala samson avatar
Shared by: bala samson on Apr, 2016
Summary: Whenever, whenever, whenever you go to God for prayer, He says, ‘first forgive and then come to me.’
Kelly Durant avatar
The First Palm Sunday and The Purge
Shared by: Kelly Durant on Mar, 2016
Summary: After praises from the Jerusalemites, Jesus curses the fig tree, which is symbolic of Israel, and then He cleans out the money changers in the Temple. Palm Sunday has a lot to do with purging out dead, fruitless people, and hypocrisy!
Steven Kellett avatar
Palm Sunday - What Jesus Saw
Shared by: Steven Kellett on Mar, 2016
Summary: What Jesus saw on Palm Sunday were people whose worship was "fruitless, fraudulent and faithless"
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Mark 11:1-21
Views: 485
Andy Grossman avatar
A Day of Celebration
Shared by: Andy Grossman on Mar, 2016
Summary: Three things we are celebrating today
Scripture: Mark 11:1-10
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 221
Matthew Kratz avatar
The Triumphal Entry
Shared by: Matthew Kratz on Mar, 2016
Summary: 1) The Faithful Arrival (Mark 11: 1– 7), 2) The Faithless Approval (Mark 11: 8– 10), 3) The Faithful Appraisal (Mark 11:11)
Series: Palm Sunday
Scripture: Mark 11:1-11
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 113
Christabel N. Onuoha avatar
My Faith Is Against My Mountain
Shared by: Christabel N. Onuoha on Mar, 2016
Summary: With the God-kind of faith in our hearts, we can move any and every insurmountable obstacle in our way.
Series: Prayer
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,186
David Radcliff avatar
Shared by: David Radcliff on Mar, 2016
Summary: The different positions we take when praying.
Scripture: Mark 11:25
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 133
Kenneth Sowers avatar
Palm Sunday
Shared by: Kenneth Sowers on Mar, 2016
Summary: Jesus enters on Palm Sunday
Scripture: Mark 11:1-11
Views: 441
Ken Ritz avatar
What Does It Mean To Have Faith For Healing?
Shared by: Ken Ritz on Mar, 2016
Summary: Part 5 of the sermon series Supernatural
Series: Supernatural
Deb Ling avatar
What You Say is What You Get
Shared by: Deb Ling on Mar, 2016
Summary: The Word tells us to speak to the mountain and it will move. Our words are powerful and we will get what we say. Therefore, you want to speak life not death.
Kenneth Sowers avatar
Jesus curses the Fig tree
Shared by: Kenneth Sowers on Feb, 2016
Summary: Jesus curses a fig tree as an acted out parable of the Jerusalem church leadership
Tony Abram avatar
God's Word Believing, Acting and Confessing!
Shared by: Tony Abram on Jan, 2016
Summary: In our Christian lives we need God's Word Believing, Acting and Confessing the Word.It will bring the blessings of God.!
Ed Vasicek avatar
Jesus’ Shrewd Side
Shared by: Ed Vasicek on Jan, 2016
Summary: Part of being Christ-like is knowing when and how to be shrewd.
Ed Vasicek avatar
Temple Tantrum
Shared by: Ed Vasicek on Dec, 2015
Summary: The Cleansing of the Temple was chosen for inclusion in the Gospels not as just information, but is amazingly rich in meaning.
Ed Vasicek avatar
Jesus, the Tree Killer
Shared by: Ed Vasicek on Dec, 2015
Summary: When Jesus cursed the fig tree, this served as an object lesson to teach us about the dangers of unbelief and the blessings of trust in the Lord.
Ed Vasicek avatar
The Triumphant Sacrifice
Shared by: Ed Vasicek on Nov, 2015
Summary: Jesus triumphant procession into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday seems straightforward enough, but the implications of this special event — documented in all four Gospels — run so deep that we may not have uncovered them all.
Scripture: Mark 11:1-11
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 366
Darrell  Stetler II avatar
#2 - Pray in Faith
Shared by: Darrell Stetler II on Sep, 2015
Summary: How do I pray? How do I hear God? How do I know God hears me? Will God answer my prayer?
Scripture: Mark 11:24-25
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 527
Charlie Roberts avatar
Speak it..Believe it..Receive it...
Shared by: Charlie Roberts on Aug, 2015
Summary: Jesus was spelling it out for us, and He wasn't intimidated in the least by anything we could ever ask… He left it open ended… He said what ever you ask when you pray...
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Mark 11:12-24
Views: 4,191
Dr. David Wesner avatar
Heart Faith
Shared by: Dr. David Wesner on Jun, 2015
Summary: When you believe THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS in your heart (by the Spirit) you will have THE POWER OF God.
Scripture: Mark 11:22-24
Denomination: Charismatic
Views: 211
Dr. David Wesner avatar
Your Measure of Faith
Shared by: Dr. David Wesner on Jun, 2015
Summary: When we choose to have faith in God’s Word and then ACT on that Word, victory is the result.
Scripture: Mark 11:22-24
Denomination: Charismatic
Views: 332
Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid avatar
Shared by: Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid on May, 2015
Summary: Who can give you faith when you ask your spiritual pastors---your shepherds to give you faith so that you hear to receive---reap the blessings of God except Christ Jesus?
Scripture: Mark 11:22
Denomination: Friends
Views: 1,571
Mark Aarssen avatar
Getting Thrown Out
Shared by: Mark Aarssen on Apr, 2015
Summary: The Temple of God had a place for you and I called the Court of the Gentiles. It was a place for all the Non-Jewish people could gather. God provided a place for people just like us even though we are not Jewish.
Andrew Moffatt avatar
Palm Sunday, Expectations.
Shared by: Andrew Moffatt on Apr, 2015
Summary: On Palm Sunday expectations as to who Jesus was did not meet with reality, Often when expectations don't meet with reality the outcome will be conflict, either internal or external. The religious people already had their minds set on an outcome for Jesus.
Series: Easter 2015
Chad Brown avatar
The journey to the Cross
Shared by: Chad Brown on Mar, 2015
Summary: The beginning of the journey of Christ's week leading to his crucifixion.
Scripture: Mark 11:1-10
Denomination: Catholic
Views: 808