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Jesus fights for you Today!
The last week of Jesus’ life is a very significant point in history. There is a considerable amount of information in the Gospels concerning these moments. It might help us as we prepare for Resurrection Sunday to think about the events that led up to Jesus death and resurrection.
Monday (Mark 11:12-18)
Jesus is fighting for you today, in fact He always lives to make intercession for you (Heb 7:25). Jesus is breaking down religious barriers of His day, and He invites His followers to do the same.
Mark 11:12-14 says, “ 12 On the next day, when they had left Bethany, He became hungry. 13 Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if perhaps He would find anything on it; and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” And His disciples were listening.”
The cursing of the fig tree was a continuation and a precursor to Jesus’ ministry of destroying man made religion. In Matthew 21:43-46 Jesus said, “ 43 “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it. 44 “And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.” 45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they understood that He was speaking about them. 46 When they sought to seize Him, they feared the people, because they considered Him to be a prophet.
People at this point would have been pouring into Jerusalem for the annual Passover celebration. Just imagine coming into the great city with you family and your little lamb that you had raised for this moment only to be met by a religious system that did not serve the people but rejected their home bred sacrifices and made them exchange their lamb for one “approved” by the professional priest who only wanted to take their money. Jesus is just about to cleanse the temple for the second time but before he does, he curses the fig tree as a sign that things were changing. The King of Kings is fighting for your freedom today, freedom to worship the true God in Spirit and Truth.
Mark 11:15 Then they came to Jerusalem. And He entered the temple and began to drive out those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves; 16 and He would not permit anyone to carry merchandise through the temple. 17 And He began to teach and say to them, “Is it not written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL THE NATIONS’? But you have made it a ROBBERS’ DEN.”
Mark 11: 19 When evening came, they would go out of the city. 20 As they were passing by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up. 21 Being reminded, Peter said to Him, “Rabbi, look, the fig tree which You cursed has withered.” 22 And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. 23 “Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. 24 “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. 25 “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.
The mountain of man-made religion, the kind that oppresses the weak in the name of God and subverts and perverts the very character of God by its unwillingness to seek and serve those that are lost, has been removed in the lives of those who have put their trust in Jesus. Jesus fights for you today. Jesus wants you to know that the mountain of man-made religion will NOT stand in the way of His children knowing their heavenly Father.