Topic: Mark 11:1-19
Is Jesus truly king in your life?
"What shall I do with the one you call the king of the Jews?" (Mark 11:12)
The crowd has been whipped into a frenzy. Only days before, many of these same people had raised their voices in praise to Jesus, shouting loud "hallelujahs" to the one they thought could deliver them from Roman domination. Why, now, do they roar for a death sentence from Governor Pilate?
Walter Wangerin, Jr. writes, "This is the natural reaction of sinners in the presence of a Holy God." We are inexorably drawn to a Jesus who feeds our bellies and heals our wounds, but when He quietly calls for commitment outside our comfort zones, we step back, uncertain we want to be that radically identified with Him.
While the crowd roared, Jesus stood humbly yet majestically silent before the questioning governor. He stands that way today before each of us. Eventually we must all personalize and answer the question: "What will I do with this one called King?"
Why do you think the mood of the crowd changed from exultant praise to condemnation? (You might want to read Mark 11:1-19.) What keeps us from "crowning" Jesus as king? Over the week ahead, make a definite commitment to allow Jesus to be your king in the events of each day.