Friday Morning: 17 May 2019 – Mark 11:1-14 ~ Jesus’ Formal Introduction to Israel

Friday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (A Collect for Endurance – Friday)

Almighty God, whose beloved Son first suffered pain and crucifixion before entering into glory: Mercifully grant that we, walking in his footsteps, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Mark 11:1-14 (NLT)

Jesus’ Triumphant Entry

As Jesus and his disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. “Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks, ‘What are you doing?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it and will return it soon.’”

The two disciples left and found the colt standing in the street, tied outside the front door. As they were untying it, some bystanders demanded, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They said what Jesus had told them to say, and they were permitted to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it, and he sat on it.

Many in the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others spread leafy branches they had cut in the fields. Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting,

“Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessings on the coming Kingdom of our ancestor David! Praise God in highest heaven!”

So Jesus came to Jerusalem and went into the Temple. After looking around carefully at everything, he left because it was late in the afternoon. Then he returned to Bethany with the twelve disciples.

Jesus Curses the Fig Tree

The next morning as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. He noticed a fig tree in full leaf a little way off, so he went over to see if he could find any figs. But there were only leaves because it was too early in the season for fruit. Then Jesus said to the tree, “May no one ever eat your fruit again!” And the disciples heard him say it.
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Morning Reflection:

Jesus’ Formal Introduction to Israel

Jesus was in the center of the procession,
and the people all around him were shouting,

“Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessings on the coming Kingdom of our ancestor David!
Praise God in highest heaven!”
– Mark 11:9-10

Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem was his formal introduction to Israel as the long-awaited Messiah, the “Son of David.” However, Jesus was not the “savior” that most of the crowd expected. His Kingdom was to be understood in a spiritual, non-political sense, instead of the popular idea that the Messiah would re-establish the lost Davidic kingdom. The crowd’s disappointment would become lethal in the short span of one week.

Questions for consideration:

  • When did Jesus become more than a story-book name to you? What did you know about him? What did you expect from him? Please explain.
  • Over time, Jesus’ followers come to know him better, and often their expectations change. Is that true of you? Please explain.
  • Has Jesus ever disappointed you? Perhaps you expected one thing, but he delivered something else, or nothing at all. Please explain.
  • How have you handled disappointment as a believer? Blame Jesus? Blame yourself? Blame others? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

Prayer for world leaders to fight against Christian persecution:

Sovereign Lord: All authority vested in governance comes from you and is accountable to you. Stir the hearts of every world leader to carry out their responsibilities justly and peacefully with special attention to Christians who are defenseless, in need of protection. Give them the wisdom to enact the necessary policies and procedures to make a lasting, global difference. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

My Prayer:

Praise to you, Lord God! And blessing on Christ Jesus who has come to us in your holy name. As the story of his passion unfolds, open my heart and mind to the present reality of his Kingdom here among us now, and to the future reality of his coming Kingdom in all its fullness when he returns in glory. Empower me through your Spirit to live faithfully in this interim period of “already, not yet.” And conform my expectations to your perfect will. I ask this in Jesus’ name, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen.
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“Hosanna” – Paul Baloche

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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