Mark 11* Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem. (1-11) The barrenfig-tree cursed, The temple cleansed. (12-18) Prayer in faith.(19-26) The priests and elders questioned concerning John theBaptist. (27-33)1-11 Christ's coming into Jerusalem thus remarkably, shows thathe was not afraid of the power and malice of his enemies. Thiswould encourage his disciples who were full of fear. Also, thathe was not disquieted at the thoughts of his approachingsufferings. But all marked his humiliation; and these mattersteach us not to mind high things, but to condescend to those oflow estate. How ill it becomes Christians to take state, whenChrist was so far from claiming it! They welcomed his person;Blessed is he that cometh, the "He that should come," so oftenpromised, so long expected; he comes in the name of the Lord.Let him have our best affections; he is a blessed Saviour, andbrings blessings to us, and blessed be He that sent him. Praisesbe to our God, who is in the highest heavens, over all, Godblessed for ever. 12-18 Christ looked to find some fruit, for the time ofgathering figs, though it was near, was not yet come; but hefound none. He made this fig-tree an example, not to the trees,but to the men of that generation. It was a figure of the doomupon the Jewish church, to which he came seeking fruit, butfound none. Christ went to the temple, and began to reform theabuses in its courts, to show that when the Redeemer came toZion, it was to turn away ungodliness from Jacob. The scribesand the chief priests sought, not how they might make theirpeace with him, but how they might destroy him. A desperateattempt, which they could not but fear was fighting against God. 19-26 The disciples could not think why that fig-tree should sosoon wither away; but all wither who reject Christ; itrepresented the state of the Jewish church. We should rest in noreligion that does not make us fruitful in good works. Christtaught them from hence to pray in faith. It may be applied tothat mighty faith with which all true Christians are endued, andwhich does wonders in spiritual things. It justifies us, and soremoves mountains of guilt, never to rise up in judgment againstus. It purifies the heart, and so removes mountains ofcorruption, and makes them plain before the grace of God. Onegreat errand to the throne of grace is to pray for the pardon ofour sins; and care about this ought to be our daily concern. 27-33 Our Saviour shows how near akin his doctrine and baptismwere to those of John; they had the same design and tendency, tobring in the gospel kingdom. These elders did not deserve to betaught; for it was plain that they contended not for truth, butvictory: nor did he need to tell them; for the works he did,told them plainly he had authority from God; since no man coulddo the miracles which he did, unless God were with him.
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