What Jesus Did! 'Worship and Honor in the Real World' — Mark 11:7-8

Sunday, August 9, 2020

The followers brought the donkey to Jesus. The followers put their coats on the donkey, and Jesus sat on it. Many people spread their coats on the road for Jesus. Other people cut branches in the fields and spread the branches on the road.
— Mark 11:7-8 NLT
Illustration of Mark 11:7-8 NLT —  Other people cut branches in the fields and spread the branches on the road.

Key Thought

While an unknown owner supplied the colt on which Jesus rode (See the previous verses), many in the crowd offered their coats to welcome and honor Jesus as he came into town. Others spread branches showing their honor and respect for the Christ. It is a great moment of worship, celebration, and joy. However, the real test of the crowd's loyalty will come in the days that lie ahead for Jesus. Like Christians who celebrate God's grace, Jesus' love, and the Spirit's power on Sunday, the real heart of worship will not be found in the crowds who share the same faith and look on Jesus with joyous admiration. No, the real test will come in the dark hours of trial when our faith is confronted by another, more hostile, crowd. Should we share in the joy of Jesus' glory with those that share our faith? Absolutely! However, we must realize the real test of that faith and the authenticity of our worship will be determined by what we do when confronted by the darkness and the hostile crowd!

Today's Prayer

O LORD God Almighty, may my life during the week match my worship words on Sunday. Help me in my heart to realize that what I do each day is an integral part of my worship. I want to honor you with my heart, soul, mind, and strength every day of my life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 12:1-2
  • Hebrews 13:11-16
  • Isaiah 6:1-8


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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