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  • Writer's pictureMatt Beaney

#1018. Easter Monday - Bear fruit and make space (25/3/24)

Updated: Mar 27

During this Easter Week, I thought that it would be helpful to look at some of the events and teaching on each day running up to Resurrection Sunday - The Greatest Day! Today we look at some of the events of Easter Monday. 


Lesson: Jesus wants us to bear good fruit which will be seen in our making space for Him in worship. 


You can listen to this devotional below (It’s also available on Spotify on the Community Church Putney podcast) 



i. Jesus wants to see good fruit

On the Monday of Easter Week, we see Jesus cursing the fig tree. 

‘The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry.  Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.’ (Mark 11:12-14)

Jesus well knew that this was ‘not the season for figs’. The cursing of the fig tree is prophetic. It speaks of God’s judgement on His fruitless people. God is passionate for our love and holiness. God wants our hearts to be on fire with passion for Him. Jesus wants to see good fruit in His church and our lives. 


ii. Jesus wants us to bear the fruit of making space for Him.

After the cursing of the fig tree Jesus goes on to clear the temple courts, 

‘On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.’ (Mark 11:15-18)

Luke links these two events together. The lack of fruit in His people is shown by their poor approach to worship. Rather than bearing the fruit of love for God and people by making space in the temple, they’ve turned it into a market. This event is also a powerful prophetic statement. It reveals God’s desire that His people be wholly devoted to Him. It also points to His passion that the nations are saved and come into his presence. 


Response

On this Easter Monday, we are reminded that Jesus wants us to bear good fruit which will be seen in our making space for Him in worship. The fig tree and the temple courts speak powerfully to us. What is the fruit that Jesus wants to see in you and His church? What have we allowed to clutter up the ‘temple courts’ of our lives? Are we bearing the fruit of passionate prayer and worship? Are we devoted to building a ‘house for prayer for all nations’? Are we making space in our lives for Jesus? How Does Jesus want you to respond today? 


 

COMMUNITY GROUP NOTES AND STUDY


1. Notices

It might be good to begin with notices. Please share from this week’s Church News.

Please ensure that the members of your group are aware and familiar with using the daily devotionals which is accessed in Church News or the Teaching button on the website. 

In particular, please ensure that you know the details and arrange travel for our Good Friday walk. 

Please also be praying for and inviting to next week’s Easter service. 



2. Icebreaker

How has God been speaking to you from His Word this week and how has this helped you? 


3. Worship together

Let’s begin our time together by lifting our eyes and hearts to worship our great God. Perhaps you have readings and songs that you would like to use together. Let’s be open to the gifts that the Spirit wants to give in order to encourage one another.


4. Study and pray together

Our message from our series in Luke on Sunday was entitled, The harvest is plentiful, the workers are few - Jesus sends out the Seventy-Two (Luke 10:1-24). In this section, as Jesus heads for Jerusalem, Jesus continues to teach His disciples about the mission that they are on, and the harvest that they are to be involved with. 


Please read Luke 10:1-24, and discuss: 

  • Did God speak to you about anything specifically from Sunday’s message?

  • What did Jesus say about the harvest and how are we to respond?

  • What did Jesus say about the workers and why is this the case? 

  • How is prayer important to the success of evangelism?

  • How often do you pray about your and the church’s effectiveness in evangelism? Do you have a list of friends that you are praying for?

  • What is the message that we are to ‘sow’?

  • What is a ‘person of peace’ and who are they in our lives?

  • SIV - Do we have any stories of how we have ‘Served, Invested, and inVited’ recently?

  • Let’s pray together that, this week, we will have opportunities to SIV; and pray for anything else that’s come out of our time in God’s Word.

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