Happy Monday! In today's reading we find a key transition in Mark, as Jesus' is identified as King in his entry into Jerusalem as part of preparation for his death. In his entry He continues to embody the very things he had been teaching the crowds.
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ What is one way this week you have received Jesus into your life as King? What is one way you have struggled to receive Jesus into your life as King?
_ What is one way the Lord is impacting the life of someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
_ Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.
DISCOVER [ Mark 11.1-11 ] Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples 2 and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” 4 And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. 5 And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6 And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. 7 And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. 8 And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. 9 And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!" 11 And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What is happening in vs. 1-6, what do Jesus' disciples do when He asks them to do something?
_ What happens in vs. 7-10, what does the crowd do and say that acknowledges Jesus as the anointed king?
_ What city does Jesus enter into and where does he go when he arrives?
_ What does this passage teach us about the kind of king Jesus is and isn't?
_What good-news do we find in this passage?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and respond to what I learned today with a simple concrete step of action/obedience? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
_ Confess you don't embody the kind of humility that Jesus did.
_ Receive Jesus as a King who has the kind of authority in your life that you would receive him in the way the crowd did.
+ WHO are you walking with that you might pass along or encourage what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family around the dinner table, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)