Contributed on Apr 9, 2007
Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem is a living parable that carries a powerful message of what God’s kingdom and the Christian life is like
Luke 19:28-30 “Behind the Fanfare” INTRODUCTION Everyone likes a parade. We love the pomp, the colorful costumes, the loud music, the disciplined marching, the imaginative floats, and of course the smiles and the waves. Some parades are greater productions than others. Though I’ve never ...read more
Contributed on Apr 19, 2014
Palm Sunday welcome of the king and an alternative lifestyle is chosen, which is very different from the world’s norm of authority and power.
John 12:12-17 “Welcoming the Alternative” INTRODUCTION Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem has always been called a “triumphal entry.” In many ways it appears to be a comical imitation of a Roman parade. We can see this first Palm Sunday event similar to an army ...read more
Contributed on Apr 14, 2009
To some Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was triumphant. According to Philippians, it was an act of obedience by Jesus on his way to the cross.
Philippians 2:5-11 “Parade of Obedience” INTRODUCTION [Picture of hag and beautiful lady] We can see by this image that though people look at the same image, they do not always see the same thing. Looking at this picture some of you will see an old hag, while others will see a beautiful ...read more
Contributed on May 16, 2011
Jesus entry into Jerusalem marks him as a revolutionary--a threat to the Romans and Jewish authorities, and the door to an abundant life for his followers
Matthew 21:1-11 “Following the Parade” INTRODUCTION As we enter into Holy Week and reflect on the passion and suffering of Jesus, many of us have difficulty understanding why the authorities executed Jesus. We see his compassion for the common people—healing the sick, ...read more
Contributed on Mar 21, 2013
There are two paths to peace: force or love.Jesus came to show the limits of force and the power of love.
Luke 19:29-44 “The Path to Peace” INTRODUCTION “I love a parade, the tramping of feet, I love every beat I hear of a drum. I love a parade, when I hear a band I just want to stand and cheer as they come.” Everyone loves a parade, whether it is the grand ...read more