Mark 11



Mark 11 depicts Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem, his symbolic acts with the fig tree and the cleansing of the temple, and a confrontation with religious leaders regarding his authority. These events set the stage for the escalating conflict between Jesus and the religious authorities as he moves toward his crucifixion.


  1. Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem (Mark 11:1-11): Jesus enters Jerusalem riding on a donkey, and the crowds welcome him with shouts of "Hosanna!" recognizing him as the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

  2. Cursing the Fig Tree (Mark 11:12-14, 20-25): Jesus curses a barren fig tree as a symbolic act, illustrating the consequences of spiritual fruitlessness. He uses this event to teach about the importance of faith and prayer.

  3. Cleansing the Temple (Mark 11:15-19): Jesus overturns tables in the temple, driving out those who were buying and selling. He condemns the commercial activities in the house of prayer, emphasizing the sanctity of the temple.

  4. The Authority of Jesus Questioned (Mark 11:27-33): Jewish leaders challenge Jesus' authority, questioning his actions. Jesus responds with a question about John the Baptist's authority, leaving them unable to answer.