Worship Services - 9:30am & 11:15am @ 4/F YMCA
Fig Trees and Palm Sunday | Dr. Jonathan Lo
Scripture: Mark 11:12-21
Palm Sunday is the day in the Church calendar that commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem before his death and resurrection—but why should such an event be remembered and in what way should it be seen as “triumphant?” What is the meaning of the fig tree, and why does Jesus curse it? The sobering lesson from this puzzling passage is that the Church must bear fruit worthy of repentance while there is still time, because the coming of the Lord will not be good news for all—the Church that loses sight of its purpose will go the way of the cursed fig tree. Jesus’ arrival at the Temple is the theological climax of Mark’s narrative and his actions within the Temple continue to challenge and inspire those who profess to be God’s people today to live out their identity and mission with courage and integrity.
Jonathan Lo is a speaker, author, and an assistant professor of New Testament at the Hong Kong Baptist Theological Seminary. Jonathan holds graduate degrees in biblical studies from Regent College (MCS) and the University of Edinburgh (MTh, PhD). He lives in Sai Kung with his wife Stephanie, and is currently writing a book on the New Testament use of the Old Testament.
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