Hosanna in the Highest! – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week, Pastor Deric continues the series “The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World” with a message titled ‘Hosanna in the Highest!’ based on Mark 11:1-11.

1.      His ___________ (v. 1)
2.     His ___________ (v. 2-6)
3.     His ___________ (v. 7-10)
4.     His ___________ (v. 11)

ICEBREAKER: What big problem do you think technology will solve next?

1. What do you discover about Jesus’ nature in the unfolding of the events of Mark 11:1-6 that serves to calm your anxieties about the future [cf. Genesis 15:12-16; Psalm 139:1-12; and Daniel 2:27-30]?

2. Mark 11:2 makes it clear the colt had never been ridden before. Yet Jesus sat on it without incident in Mark 11:7. What does this reveal about Jesus that prompts you to worship Him [cf. Genesis 1:24-25; Isaiah 11:1-9; and Jeremiah 27:5]?

3. When the disciples threw their outer cloaks on the colt and Jesus sat on it, the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9 was fulfilled. What does this Old Testament prediction declare about Jesus’ character and His mission that gives you hope [cf. Isaiah 9:6-7; Jeremiah 23:5; and Philippians 2:5-11]?

4. Mark 11:9 quotes from Psalm 118 which would have been the final song Jesus and His disciples would have sung together as part of their Passover celebration. Knowing this background, how does Psalm 118 inspire your worship and thanksgiving for Christ’s salvation [cf. Exodus 15:2; Psalm 18:46-50; and Isaiah 12:2]?

5. What do the praises of the people in Mark 11:9-10 indicate about their expectations of Jesus? Were they accurate in their assessment of who He was and his mission? How does this impact your hope in the future [cf. Daniel 7:13-14; Matthew 24:30; and Revelation 1:7]?

6. Why do you think Jesus was upset with the fig tree in Mark 11:12-14? Was He “hangry” (meaning, His hunger made Him touchy)? Did He not like figs? Or was there another, more profound reason? How does the mention of His disciples’ presence [v. 14] influence your answer [cf. Deuteronomy 11:16-17; Isaiah 5:1-7; and Luke 13:6-9]?

7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

“He [Jesus] has a right to interrupt your life. He is Lord. When you accepted Him as Lord, you gave Him the right to help Himself to your life anytime He wants.” (Henry Blackaby)